As parents and grandparents, we take for granted that the toys we buy for the little ones in our lives are safe. Unfortunately, however, that isn’t always the case. There are still bad actors in the world who will use hazardous materials to manufacture toys for kids.
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CBS DFW reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 400 children’s toys at the Port of Houston on June 7, 2021. The toys contained toxic chemicals and included stuffed plush toys, baby walkers, and children’s electronic learning toys. All the toys were bound for a Houston-based business.
The seizure was a part of a joint operation between the Border Patrol and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
CBP Port Director Roderick Hudson told reporters, “This shipment illustrates that there is no consumer demographic exempt from purposefully manufactured harmful products.”
Hudson went on to say that maintaining import safety would remain a priority of the CBP.
A sampling of the toys was taken to a Consumer Product Safety laboratory to be tested. Every sample of the toys taken from the shipment contained either chemicals that the federal agency had deemed hazardous or featured designs that were unsafe for children.
They estimated the market value for the toys seized at the port to be valued at around $2,200. CBP agents have now turned the case over to the CPSB’s Fines, Penalties, and Forfeiture Division for further processing.