Customs Seizes Shipments Of Water Guns Containing Lead

PORT OF NEWARK— Toy water guns can be a fun activity for children, especially with the warmer summer months approaching — unless they contain lead.

On June 20, U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of New York/New Jersey seized two shipments of toys for Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) violations. CPSC alerted CBP to these shipments, after they determined that the shipments posed a health and safety risk. The toy water guns and action figures contained an excessive amount of lead, which violates the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. Approximately 200 cartons, with an approximate domestic value of $35,000, were seized.

“CBP, in partnership with CPSC, stand together to protect the American public from imported products that may cause serious health and safety issues,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.

“CPSC and CBP stand united in preventing the importation of dangerous consumer products. The notification to CBP was a result of the agency’s new risk assessment plan that furthers the vision of CBP’s ACE system by modernizing business processes essential to securing U.S. borders, speeding the flow of legitimate shipments and targeting illicit goods. This is how government can and should work,” said Carol Cave, director of the CPSC of Office of Import Surveillance and Inspection.

CBP in the New York/Newark area continues to work with Homeland Security Investigations, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other agencies to combat the illegal import of unsafe goods which pose significant health and safety dangers to the American public.

Each year, CPSC inspects retailers and distributors to identify and recall potentially hazardous products. To hear recall information or to report dangerous products consumers should call CPSC’s toll-free Hotline at 1-800-638-2772.

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