CONSUMER CATCH-UP: CA Attorney General announces actions against auto parts makers for antitrust violations, eBay removes inclined baby sleepers

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
CONSUMER CATCH-UP: CA Attorney General announces actions against auto parts makers for antitrust violations, eBay removes inclined baby sleepers
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CONSUMER CATCH-UP: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announces actions against auto parts makers for antitrust violations, and eBay removes potentially dangerous inclined baby sleepers.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- CA Attorney General announces actions against auto parts makers for antitrust violations

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced today legal actions against 52 different auto parts manufacturers accused of conspiring to violate antitrust laws.

Becerra revealed in a press conference that the Attorney General's office had recovered more than $23 million in settlements from 52 auto parts manufacturing companies. The largest of these settlements was for $4.25 million against the DENSO Corporation.

Becerra said that the companies worked together to suppress competition in schemes that went back decades. The companies allegedly conspired to rig bids and fix prices of parts sold to auto manufacturers, resulting in a less competitive marketplace and higher prices for consumers.

These illegal actions are not limited to California. In separate actions by the U.S. Department of Justice, 46 companies across the country pled guilty to price fixing and bid rigging, resulting in $3 billion in fines.

Class action lawsuits are being filed against involved auto parts manufacturers; those who believe they may have been a victim of these schemes, indirectly (as dealers or consumers buying cars with parts affected by these practices) or directly (as auto manufacturers buying parts), have until December 31, 2019 to file a claim. Claims and more information can be found at www.autopartsclass.com.

eBay to remove all inclined infant sleepers

eBay has agreed to remove all inclined infant sleepers from its online marketplace, after the products were found to be unsafe and potentially deadly.

Inclined sleepers are those that recline a baby between 10 and 30 degrees, which increases the risk of suffocation. 73 deaths have been linked to products in this category. Investigations by Consumer Reports and the Consumer Product Safety Commission resulted in the recall of many of these products, including the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper and Kids II rocking sleepers. eBay will be removing all inclined sleepers, not just those that have been recalled.

RELATED: Federal agency advises parents not to use inclined sleepers, citing 73 infant deaths

"eBay's ban of infant inclined sleepers will help save lives and prevent tragedies worldwide," said William Wallace, Consumer Report's manager of home and safety policy. "Every retailer and online platform should follow eBay's lead."

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