Officers seize hazardous toys in Detroit

Bad toys were on their way to Flint

DETROIT - As part of a joint effort with Investigators from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers 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 total retail value of the toys, which were headed to Flint, Mich., was $16,989.

The container, originating from China, arrived via ocean vessel in Newark, NJ on Nov. 11, 2011, where it was selected by CPSC for testing of the toys. CPSC requested that CBP hold the container in Detroit to determine if the toys were safe under CPSC regulations.

The container arrived in Detroit on Nov. 25, 2011, and was examined at a Centralized Examination Station. A sample of the dolls and cars were sent to CPSC for chemical analysis where they were ruled unsafe for the American consumer market.

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

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires importers to test and certify that imports of children's products are in compliance with CPSC requirements. It is unlawful to import into the U.S. any children's product that contains lead with more than 90 parts per million of lead paint or more than 300 parts per million of total lead content.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is one of many federal agencies whose rules and regulations are supported and enforced by Customs and Border Protection as goods enter the country at ports of entry around the country.

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