CPSC fines nine companies $530,000 for lead violations

CPSC fines nine companies $530,000 for lead violations

Consumer Reports News: July 07, 2009 02:32 PM

Nine children’s product manufacturers, importers and sellers have agreed to pay $530,000 in civil penalties for violating the federal lead paint ban, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today. The penalties settle allegations that the firms knowingly manufactured, imported or sold toys and other children’s articles with paint or other surface coatings that contained lead levels in violation of federal law.

The nine companies were responsible for 13 recalls of 6 million items in 2007 and 2008 including toys, children’s metal jewelry, children’s pens, metal water bottles, pencil pouches, sunglasses and children’s Halloween pails and baskets. Following is a list of the companies, their fines and the associated recalls.

Cardinal Distributing Co. Inc., of Baltimore, Md., $100,000

Dollar General Corp., of Fine_Jewelry Goodlettsville, Tenn., $100,000

Family Dollar Stores Inc., of Matthews, N.C., $75,000

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. of Oklahoma City, Okla., $50,000

First Learning Company Ltd., of Hong Kong, $50,000

Michaels Stores Inc., of Irving, Texas, $45,000

A&A Global Industries Inc., of Cockeysville, Md., $40,000

Raymond Geddes & Co, of Baltimore, Md., $40,000

Downeast Concepts Inc., of Yarmouth, Maine, $30,000

Our take:  We are glad to see the CPSC finally flexing its muscle and fining companies that violate the law while putting children at risk.  Although the fines seem paltry, penalties such as these can act as a deterrent to future wrong-doing by flagrant violators.  

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