How Amazon's Counterfeit Products Threaten Safety : The Indicator from Planet Money Over half of sales on Amazon are from third-party sellers, some of whom are selling counterfeit goods. Faulty car seats are threatening children's safety, but is Amazon being held liable?

How Amazon's Counterfeit Products Threaten Safety

How Amazon's Counterfeit Products Threaten Safety

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Amazon accounts for 38% of online sales in the U.S., and more than half of their sales come from third-party sellers. A few of these sellers are offering counterfeit goods and in cases of legal action, can be difficult to track down to face consequences.

This can be particularly dangerous for children's products. Car seats, swaddling blankets, and toys sold by counterfeiters do not always pass safety regulations and can put your child in harm's way. They also negatively impact the legitimate brands they're ripping off.

So, how is Amazon responding to this problem, and is the law changing to hold it more liable?

This story was originally reported for CNN by CNN Senior Business Editor Pamela Boykoff and CNN Business Correspondent Clare Sebastian.

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