WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are joining forces this holiday season to keep kids safe and stop dangerous and violative toys from reaching kids' hands. CPSC's and CBP's cooperative work to detect and detain shipments of toys and children's products at the ports from coast to coast helps to create a safer marketplace for holiday shoppers. In addition to inspections at U.S. ports, CPSC also enforces strong safety standards and trains manufacturers at home and overseas about safety requirements.
During the past four years, CPSC and CBP stopped more than 8 million units of about 4,500 different types of toys and children's products due to safety hazards or the failure to meet federal safety standards. Stopped shipments have included lead, small parts, sharp points and labeling requirement violations. The good news for shoppers is that toy recalls have continued to decline from 172 in fiscal year 2008 (with 19 involving high levels of lead), to 24 in fiscal year 2016 (with only one involving a lead violation). Toys were recalled for defects that could cause choking, mechanical hazards and fire hazards posing a threat of injury to a child.