Thermomix Cops Fine Over Exploding Appliances
Thermomix has been fined $4.6 million for knowingly selling kitchen appliances which had the potential to injure users, lying about the safety of its products, and refusing refunds.
Thermomix's controversial TM31 model was recalled in 2014 following 14 reported cases of users being burned by hot liquids due to a faulty seal.
Lawyers for the appliance company and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) appeared before the Federal Court in Melbourne on Wednesday for a penalty hearing after Thermomix admitted to the breaches.
Justice Bernard Murphy said senior management at the company's Australian arm knew there were issues months before it recalled the product in October 2014.