Acting on a request from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the U.S. Department of Justice has filed injunctions in a California federal court against two companies and three individuals, enjoining them from the importation of dangerous children’s products.
According to a CPSC press release, the California companies allegedly imported toys and other children’s products that contained lead, phthalates and small parts that could pose a choking hazard to young children, in violation of both the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). The toys included fire engine sets, tea sets, toy boxing gloves, collapsing strollers and marbles, as well as toy cars and trains, bubble guns and art materials.
The illegal children’s products were initially identified by CPSC inspectors, who collected product samples at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach and at the companies’ warehouses. One of the companies reportedly received nine separate Letters of Advice from the CPSC between September 2013 and April 2015, notifying the company owners that their products violated federal standards.
The defendants in both cases have agreed to a settlement with the DoJ that immediately enjoins them from the further importation of children’s products, unless and until the CPSC determines that the companies’ practices are compliant with the law.