The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stopped nearly three million
defective products from being imported into the United States in the third
quarter of 2012, according to a recent report from the agency itself.
This number reached almost three times the number of defective products
stopped in the first half of the year.
The three million items stopped at the nation’s borders were parts
of large lots of goods that were being imported for sale in various stores,
through magazines, and online. In all, the CPSC screened over 5,700 lots
of goods and identified 420 of them as failing to comply with the CPSC’s
consumer product safety rules, including many that had
hidden defects a buyer might not notice until the product caused serious harm to the
buyer or to someone else in the household or business.
Many of the items were toys and other products intended for children. Most
of those stopped for hidden defects contained unacceptably high levels
of lead, a potent neurotoxin that can cause permanent learning disabilities
and other brain and neurological disabilities. Many toys and other items
also had small parts that posed a choking hazard for young children, despite
the fact that the items were intended for toddlers or children too young
to understand the risk.
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