VININGS | Home Depot pays $100K settlement for N.Y. trailer issue | Business
ATLANTA -- The Home Depot has reached a $100,000 settlement for selling trailers that allegedly did not comply with New York vehicle and traffic law.
Home Depot agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties, fees and costs, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman reported Friday.
Schneiderman's office said that in 2011, the Atlanta-based home improvement company sold overweight Pace American Worksport 6' x 12' trailers without any brakes, in violation of New York State Law. The attorney general claimed Home Depot misrepresented to the public the trailers only weighed 995 pounds.
As a result of the attorney general's investigation, Home Depot immediately stopped selling the Worksport trailer at all locations across New York State. Home Depot also mailed recall notices to consumers who bought the trailers, notifying them the trailers exceeded 1,000 pounds and that overweight trailers require an adequate brake system under New York State Law.
Home Depot told consumers they had the option of returning the vehicle to Home Depot for a full refund or receiving a full refund for the cost of a brake system installation.