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Customs seizes dangerous toy shipment

 Click On Detroit is reporting that “U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO) from the Port of Detroit targeted and seized a container of rag dolls and transformable cars after a lab analysis found that the toys contained high levels of lead and small parts that presented a choking hazard.”  The seizure was a joint effort with investigators from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The shipment of toys originated in China.  After it arrived in Newark, NJ, CPSC selected it for testing.  Customs and Border Protection held the toys in Detroit and sent samples to CPSC for chemical analysis.  The toys were found to be too dangerous for the American market.

Under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, importers are required to test and certify that imports of children’s products comply with CPSC requirements.  CBPO must enforce the regulations as products come into the country.  Effective enforcement of the Act can prevent harmful products from entering the country, protect children from injury and death, and prevent the need for later recalls.

Area Port Director Roderick Blanchard praised the operation. “American children and the public at large deserve to have toys that are safe and free from harm,” he stated.  “This is an excellent example of cross agency cooperation that resulted in keeping dangerous products off the market.”

Entry Filed under: Products Liability

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  • 2. Rahim  |  December 17th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    What a huge mistake, i’m surprised they avoided any lawsuits.

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