Weber has been fined $2.7 million after pleading guilty to misleading the public by selling dryers in Australia that did not meet safety standards.
The company was fined $5.8 million in the US after admitting that it sold dryers with the wrong type of regulator, a feature that was found in less than half of the units sold in Australia.
The NSW Serious Fraud Office said it was the third-largest fine in the state’s history for the sale of a dryer, following $6 million in 2015 and $10.2 million in 2013.
Weber’s lawyer said the company would appeal the decision, but did not have an immediate comment.
The regulator’s investigation found the company had marketed its dryers as being “properly tested” and that customers should buy a “proprietary” dryer.
The dryers sold in the USA had the wrong regulator, but the company marketed its products as being the same.
It said Weber had failed to provide accurate information on the quality of the dryers it sold.
The Federal Competition and Consumer Commission has been given the task of overseeing the investigation.