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Dangerous toy dolls seized by U.S. authorities

Although the authorities, with the help of various organizations, attempt to keep dangerous products out of the hands of consumers, this is not always possible. As a result, these products can lead to injuries and even death.

A shipment of 200,000 toy dolls from China, which were apparently arriving in the United States for the holidays, has been seized by U.S. authorities due to the fact that they contained chemical compounds that are banned in the country.

The dolls contained phthalates, which are chemicals that are often used to make materials more pliable and softer. Congress has banned this chemical in all children's toy to avoid any safety- and health-related concerns.

According to authorities, the U.S. Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center has been keeping an eye on shipments since April. At this time, there is no news just yet on which overseas company was manufacturing the toys.

Ten shipments, with a value of nearly $500,000, were seized at ports throughout the country including Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Newark and Portland among others.

Through the use of an advanced risk management system, the U.S. Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center, along with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is able to identify dangerous products before they reach the consumer. Last fiscal year alone, more than 1.1 million unsafe products were seized.

Dangerous products like these should be kept out of the hands of consumers. Anybody who has been injured by a dangerous or defective product may wish to look at their legal options for compensation for a variety of claims, including lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Source:, "200,000 Chinese toy dolls deemed dangerous, seized at U.S. ports" Holly Henry, Nov. 19, 2013

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