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CBP Intercepts Potentially Unsafe Holiday Lights

Release Date: 
December 27, 2011

Newark, N.J.-Unsafe holiday lights can take the fun out of the season as well as potentially cause damage to your home. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is there to protect your holiday cheer by seizing potentially dangerous holiday lights ensuring a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

These potentially unsafe lights were seized by CBP at the port of Newark, N.J.

These potentially unsafe lights were seized by CBP at the port of Newark, N.J.

On Nov. 30, CBP officers at the port of Newark seized a shipment of holiday lights with Consumer Product Safety Commission violations. CPSC alerted CBP to this shipment after they determined that this shipment had severely undersized wires and lacked replaceable fuses as an integrated part of the plug. The deficiencies in this shipment of holiday lights can cause the overheating of the wires, potentially starting a fire. CBP seized a total of 308 cartons of holiday lights, with a domestic value of approximately $40,000. This is the first seizure of holiday lights by CBP in the New York-New Jersey area this season.

"CBP, working in partnership with CPSC, wants to ensure that the American public enjoys a safe holiday season and that the lights you use to decorate your homes operate correctly," said Robert E. Perez, New York director of field operations.

CBP in the New York-Newark area continues to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other enforcement agencies and organizations such as Underwriters Laboratories to combat the illegal import of counterfeit and/or unsafe goods which pose significant health and safety dangers to the American public.

Each year, CPSC inspects retailers and distributors to identify and recall potentially hazardous lights. To hear recall information or to report dangerous products, including decorations and lights, consumers should call CPSC's toll-free Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017