A California company has been fined $665,000 for failing to comply with a 30-year ban on lead paint on toys and violating other federal child safety standards, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The penalty settlement with OKK Trading of Commerce, CA resolves allegations by the CPSC that the company knowingly imported and sold toys with paints that contained lead levels that exceeded legal limits as well as toys with small parts. The penalty also resolves allegations that the company knowingly imported and sold toys, games, rattles, pacifiers and art materials that violated the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.
Because of the safety infractions, OKK Trading has been required to make six recalls over the past two years— totaling almost 18,000 items—including the following:
- March 2009: 2,900 Baby Necessities pacifiers (choking hazard)
- Dec. 2008: 5,400 toy army figures (lead paint)
- Nov. 2008: 2,100 'Mini-Televisor' toys (lead paint)
- April 2008: 2,000 Interchange Robot toys (lead paint)
- Jan. 2008: 2,000 toy racing cars (lead paint)
- April 2007: 3,500 'Lovely Baby' and 'Happy Baby' dolls (choking hazard)
According to the CPSC, OKK Trading hasn't received any reports of incidents or injuries involving the products covered by the settlement and the company denies the CPSC's allegations that it knowingly violated the law.
Earlier this month, Mattel and its subsidiary, Fisher-Price, agreed to pay a $2.3 million civil penalty—the largest of its kind—for violating the federal lead paint ban.
Why are the owners / operators of this company not in prison ?
In a civilized country / society they would be criminals !