CPSC Enforcement Prevents More Than 300,000 Defective Products from Entering Country

Consumer Product Safety Commission investigators clamped down as many as 360 products that were in violation of US safety codes, and prevented these from entering the country in the second quarter of the fiscal year 2012. In all, the investigators screened more than 3,740 products, and prevented 350,000 violative products from entering the country.

As any Los Angeles product liability lawyer would expect, most of the products that were prevented from entering the country because they were in violation of safety codes, were children’s products. Lead poisoning was the number one reason why children’s products were prohibited from entering the country by investigators. Several children’s products that contained excessive levels of lead were prevented from entering the country.

Other children’s products that were rejected at the port were children’s sleepwear that did not meet federal standards. When a product does not meet flammability standards, it is at a much higher risk of causing fires and burn injuries to a child. The 3rd most frequent cause for a product getting rejected at the port was the presence of choking hazards, especially those involving children below the age of 3.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission also clamped down on other non-child-related products, including fireworks and mattresses that were non-compliant with federal safety standards. Consumer Product Safety Commission investigators worked together with agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to prevent thousands of defective products from entering the country.

During the fiscal year 2011, the agency had prevented as many as 4.5 million defective products from entering the country. As many as 9,900 product shipments were inspected by the agency last year.