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California reaches $1 million settlement with maker of robotic cleaners

The Scooba is among the iRobot automated cleaners affected by a settlement with the California Energy Commission.
The Scooba is among the iRobot automated cleaners affected by a settlement with the California Energy Commission.

The Sacramento-based California Energy Commission has approved a $1 million settlement with iRobot Corp., maker of robotic vacuum cleaners, including the Roomba.

The settlement with the Massachusetts company was made in connection with allegations that the firm was manufacturing and selling appliances that did not meet CEC energy efficiency standards for small battery chargers. The CEC estimated that standards adopted in 2012 for battery chargers, once fully implemented, will save California ratepayers more than $300 million a year.

The CEC said iRobot was selling products that were not tested, marked or certified to the standards, which the CEC said resulted in an estimated $1 million in energy costs to consumers. State officials said iRobot agreed to pay $1 million to the CEC “for ongoing appliance enforcement efforts.”

The CEC said iRobot also agreed to meet state standards for newly manufactured products in its five product lines – Roomba, Braava, Scooba, Create and Looj – and cease California sales of noncompliant products after Dec. 1 this year.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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