Congress enacted the Consumer Products Safety Act (“CPSA”) in 1972 to remedy inadequate protections available to consumers from unreasonable risks of injury associated with consumer products. The statutes adopted under the CPSA were intended to assist consumers in evaluating the comparative safety of consumer products...
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posted on September 5, 2014
FGX International has issued a recall of its children’s sunglasses because its surface paint contains lead in excess of federal law. The sunglasses come in 20 styles of Disney, Marvel, and Sears/Kmart brand, in a variety of colors and with printed images of characters on the frames.  They were sold at Bon Ton, CVS, K-Mart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and other retail stores nationwide from December 2013 to March 2014.  Consumers are advised to immediately take away the sunglasses from... full text
posted on July 3, 2014
Four California companies have been ordered to stop import, sale, and distribution of children’s products alleged to have hazardous levels of lead and phthalates, in violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), Consumer Affairs reported last week. The companies are: Toys Distribution, Inc. of Los Angeles; S&J Merchandise of El Monte; BLJ Apparel Inc. of El Monte; and All Season Sales Inc. of Montebello, as well as their owners.... full text
posted on May 27, 2014
Classic Concepts has issued a recall of Aman trunks, sold exclusively at Cost Plus World Market, because the surface coating paint on the interior metal chains contain lead in excess of the federal lead paint standard. The wooden storage trunk measures 38 inches wide by 18 inches high by 18 inches deep and stands on four carved wooden feet, with metal handles on the sides for lifting.  The sides have a natural finish with a painted red front panel surrounded by decorative metal trim, with... full text
posted on May 16, 2014
Discount School Supply has issued a recall of its Excellerations™ magnetic color sorting boards.  The magnet in the wand can detach and the plywood backing can crack to release small metal balls.  Swallowing a magnet and/or a metal ball poses a serious choking and internal injury risk.  The surface paint on the metal balls also contains levels of lead in excess of the federal lead paint standard.  The boards were sold through discountschoolsupply.com from January 2013... full text
posted on March 20, 2014
Minga Fair Trade Imports has issued a recall of wooden flipping acrobat toys because the surface paint contains lead in excess of federal standards.  The recalled flipping acrobat toys are made of painted wood and are 8.5 inches tall.  The toys consist of two rectangular wooden sticks connected by a wood crosspiece near one end and a coyote, super hero, woodpecker or yellow bird wooden cartoon character suspended by nylon string at the other end.  The toys were sold nationwide at... full text
posted on March 13, 2014
The Conran Shop issued a recall of wooden dining tables because the lacquer paint contains lead in excess of federal standards.  The recalled wooden tables have a table top wrapped in brass.  The brass has been coated with zinc to give it a green patina, and then coated with a clear matte lacquer.  The tables are about 78 inches long, 36 inches wide and 29 inches tall and have four legs made of teak wood.  The table top is made of acacia wood and has either four or six... full text
posted on January 2, 2014
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that the number of toy recalls has decreased dramatically since 2008, due in part to an increase in port seizures.  The CPSC strives to protect consumers, especially children, from harmful products that may be laced with chemicals.  In late 2013, the CPSC released a statement measuring its progress in recent years.  During the past five years, CPSC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have stopped more than 9.8 million... full text
posted on December 3, 2013
Officials with the Federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently seized shipments of potentially hazardous toys, NJToday reported. Last month, CBP officers intercepted two shipments arriving from China of toy dolls, cosmetic sets, fire trucks and tractors that included excessive amounts of lead and potential choking hazards.  These are violations of the Consumer Product Safety Act and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, which... full text
posted on November 19, 2013
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Consumer Product Safety Commission investigators have seized more than 200,000 toy dolls arriving from China due to high levels of phthalates, a group of banned chemical compounds, according to the Department of Homeland Security.  Officials seized a total of 10 shipments valued at nearly $500,000 at the ports of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Norfolk, Va., Memphis, Tenn., Newark, N.J., Portland, Ore., and Savannah, Ga. The Commercial... full text
posted on September 6, 2013
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) last month introduced a bill to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) to include a ban on certain flame retardant chemicals from use in children’s furniture products.  The bill is H.R. 2934, also known as the “Decrease Unsafe Toxins Act.” Flame retardants have been associated with cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental impairment, birth defects, and other health problems.  According to Congress’ findings,... full text