CPSC Seizes 650,000 Imported Products at U.S. Ports

April 11, 2012 | The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on April 5th that nearly 650,000 imported products destined for stores in the first quarter of 2012 were seized by investigators at U.S. ports of entry.

Working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the CPSC identified the non-complying products between October 1 and December 31 of last year. The goods were found to be “in violation of U.S. safety rules or found to be unsafe,” stated the CPSC in a press release.

“We mean business when it comes to enforcing some of the toughest requirements for children’s products in the world,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Safer products at the ports mean safer products in your home.”

More than 2,900 shipments from abroad were screened with use and abuse testing or an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer; 647,000 units of approximately 240 different products – from children’s products and toys to hair dryers and lamps – were discovered to be in violation of federally-mandated consumer product safety laws.

 “We support the CPSC’s efforts to catch faulty products at the ports before they find their way into consumers’ homes,” said Carter Keithley, President of the Toy Industry Association (TIA). “Toys today are safer than ever before and recalls are lower than they have been in many years, but we need to remain constantly vigilant to assure that the products we make are safe and compliant with our strict toy safety standards.”

TIA is committed to providing toy industry stakeholders with detailed information about toy safety standards – including limits for lead, regulations for small parts, and banned phthalates. Resources about manufacturing safe products can be found on the TIA website; TIA members are also encouraged to contact TIA for assistance when dealing with a product recall.