|

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.  

   

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Latest From Consumer Reports

NEW CAR REVIEWS
Don't get pranked: 10 cars you’d be foolish to buy Reliability, satisfaction, and test scores knock out these vehicles.
GAS GRILL REVIEWS
Spring fever: Check out these all-stars from our tests Grills, mattresses, mowers, and refrigerators that we love.
HEALTH NEWS
An apple a day keeps the prescription drugs away But apple eaters still see their doctor as often as other people do.
RETIREMENT PLANNING GUIDE
It's not smart to turn your 401(k) into an ATM It might be tempting, but in most cases we advise against this borrowing.
NEW CAR REVIEWS
Should you buy an extended warranty for your car?Video In our survey, most who bought one didn’t use it for repairs.
MATTRESS REVIEWS
Big-box bonanza: 12 ways to save even more at Costco Our savvy team shows you how to spot the bargains at the warehouse club.

Connect

and safety with
subscribers and fans

Follow us on:

Cars

Cars New Car Price Report
Find out what the dealers don't want you to know! Get dealer pricing information on a new car with the New Car Price Report.

Order Your Report

Mobile

Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more