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Williams-Sonoma To Pay $987,500 Penalty Over Hammock Stand Defects

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A woman walks out of a Williams-Sonoma store. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A woman walks out of a Williams-Sonoma store. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Housewares retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. has agreed to pay a $987,500 civil penalty to settle charges that it failed to immediately report a defect in Pottery Barn wooden hammock stands.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which made the announcement Monday, said Williams-Sonoma already was aware of 45 incidents involving the hammock stands when it filed a report to the agency on Sept. 11, 2008, explaining the defects. The San Francisco-based company and the government announced a recall of 30,000 of the stands about three weeks later.

The government alleged that when used outdoors, the wood in the hammock stands could deteriorate over time and break when a customer sat in the hammock. There were 12 reports of injuries requiring medical attention.

Williams-Sonoma agreed to the settlement without admitting or denying the charges.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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