Feds Sue to Prevent Imports of Dangerous Children’s Products
The Department of Justice announced Feb. 24 that it has asked a federal court to halt the importation and sales activities of four California companies and six individuals that the Consumer Product Safety Commission determined were importing children’s products containing impermissible levels of lead and phthalates and/or small parts inappropriate for children under age three. The CPSC alleges that these entities knowingly continued to import, distribute or sell such products despite having received multiple warnings that the goods were violating the Consumer Product Safety Act and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.
According to a DOJ press release, the violative products included motorized and pull-back toy cars with impermissible lead content and small parts hazards, numerous toy musical instruments with small parts hazards, different plastic dolls containing impermissible levels of lead and phthalates, rattles that failed to meet the infant rattle standards, a toy telephone with small parts hazards, and a children’s kitchen set and police set that both exceeded the lead content limit. The CPSC also discovered 25 children’s products and toys lacking required certification based on third-party testing and 34 lacking tracking labels.