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by Wendy Stackhouse · November 15, 2013

Toy Imports Seized for Lead, Choking Hazards

Baby doll Photo courtesy of Customs and Border Protection

I don't know about you, but I'm already internet and window shopping for the kids in my life--we have 6 children in our extended family under 4 this year, yikes! And with that many to buy for, budgets are a consideration.

So once again this year we are grateful that toys are not too expensive. But some inexpensive toys come with great risks.

This week, over 2300 toys valued at about $11,000 were seized at the Port of New York by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). They violated the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.

The toys included fire trucks, dolls, cosmetics, and tractors.

Before you do your holiday shopping we recommend that you check the Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall List, you can find it HERE. They also have lists of recalled clothing, furniture and sports equipment that you might want to buy or give as gifts.

A bargain isn't a bargain if it causes harm. Be sure that the toys you buy have been inspected and approved! And if you can, buy an extra toy or two for our annual Toy Drive!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager and Blogger for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek. We welcome your comments and questions! For more news and tips or talk to our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!

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