CPSC has announced that TGH International Trading Inc. will pay a $31,500 fine for knowingly importing and selling toys that did not meet the Federal Hazardous Substances Act requirements. TGH imported more than 11,000 toys into the US between March 2005 and June 2006. The toys contained small parts that posed choking and aspiration hazards. Many of the hazardous toys were seized before reaching store shelves thanks to port inspections and the joint investigations of CPSC and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CPSC is not aware of any incidents involving these products.
Chairman Inez Tenenbaum says that CPSC's authority to seek higher fines does not mean that serious violations by smaller businesses will be ignored.