Two Million Dangerous Toys, Children’s Products Seized in 2012

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Federal agencies have announced that more than 2 million units of dangerous toys as well as other children’s products have been seized and prevented from reaching American consumers this year.

Federal agencies have announced that more than 2 million units of dangerous toys as well as other children’s products have been seized and prevented from reaching American consumers this year.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, millions of dangerous children’s products were seized this year alone, ensuring that these products do not find their way into the hands of American children.  These efforts to block defective and dangerous toys from entering the country, and keeping consumers safe, have been going on for several years now.

In fact, over the past 4 alone years alone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies have jointly managed to stop more than 8.5 million units of dangerous toys and other children’s products from entering the country.  In fact, during this period of time, more than 2400 different varieties of toys and children’s products have been prevented from entering the country during the spirit of time.

However, in spite of all these efforts, product liability attorneys find that dangerous and defective toys do find their way into the American marketplace.  In fiscal 2012 alone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission initiated recalls of 38 toys.  However, those numbers of toy recalls have been declining at least since 2008, since the passing of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  That piece of legislation was enacted in order to protect American children from the risks of defective toys manufactured overseas.

One of the provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Implement Act of 2008 is the setting is stricter lead standards for children’s toys.  However in 2012, at least 3 of the toys were recalled were placed on the recall list because of lead violations.  This means that dangerous and defective toys continue to be imported into U.S. market.

 

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