Amazon.com is one of the world’s most popular online stores. From bandaids to yachts, they sell just about anything and everything you might want to buy. They are helpful, too, with top selling products marked with labels like “Amazon’s Choice” seeming to point out the creme of the crop in any given category. Amazon even maintains it’s own in house “Amazon Basics” line of many types of popular products. There’s just one problem says The Wall Street Journal, the Wirecutter, The Verge, CNBC and others: Amazon’s idilic store is jam packed full of dangerous fakes and counterfeits. Even customers who try and stick to Amazon’s own brands and products listed as top sellers aren’t safe from fakes.

What are the risks? The Wall Street Journal founds thousands of products that had been marked as unsafe or had been banned from sale in the US. The Verge found that resellers that offer products on Amazon’s marketplace had taken to making fake version of Amazon Basics products. They would resurrect old listings by changing their text and images to mirror popular Amazon Basics products like video cables when they were actually offloading unrelated products. CNBC found that some resellers on Amazon.com were shipping expired food products like baby formula to customers.

Now, after a mountain of complaints, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has stepped in. They have sued Amazon over some 24,000 products that they say are faulty, non-functional, or dangerous. The list ranges from carbon monoxide detectors that don’t work to children’s pajamas that don’t meet important fire safety requirements. The CPSC notes that it can be very difficult for shoppers to tell who they are buying these products from. In some cases Amazon itself acts as the warehouse and distributor for 3rd party sellers making it confusing as to who is at fault if a product turns out to be defective or dangerous. Frustratingly, Amazon has a great deal of protection even when it directs consumers to dangerous products. Since they are only acting as a listing service they can often escape liability as long as they are responsive to complaints and stop listing bad products when they are made aware of the dangers.

Amazon claims it has done just that. The company says it has delisted, blocked, and even destroyed millions of dangerous and counterfeit products. The CPSC, for its part, says that the current laws surrounding recalls are too restrictive as each recall has to be negotiated separately. That might work for a single company that only sells a few products. But it makes it almost impossible to protect consumers who use the Internet’s largest superstore.