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Savannah, GA CBP Officers and CPSC Investigators Seize 1,320 Potentially Dangerous Outdoor Playground Toys

Release Date: 
January 27, 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga.,— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Port of Savannah, Ga., seized 1,320 Wel-Bilt Little Diggers, a child’s backhoe-like digger found in some sandy playgrounds, that were discovered to be coated excessively with lead paint. The merchandise had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $38,152.96.

ACPSC investigators and CBP officers recently seized 1,320 Wel-Bilt Little Diggers playground toys after detecting dangerous levels of lead paint. The shipment arrived from Asia October 28 and CPSC lab tests confirmed the excessive lead paint.

CPSC investigators and CBP officers recently seized 1,320 Wel-Bilt Little Diggers playground toys after detecting dangerous levels of lead paint. The shipment arrived from Asia October 28 and CPSC lab tests confirmed the excessive lead paint.

The merchandise arrived into the Port of Savannah on October 28, 2014 directly from East Asia. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requested that CBP officers examine the shipment. During that examination, preliminary field tests on the samples found the toys to contain unacceptable levels of lead paint.

Samples were shipped to the CPSC laboratory, which confirmed the dangerous levels of lead paint.

Working with CPSC investigators, CBP officers seized the shipment under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.

“The seizure of these extremely dangerous imported toys illustrates how the tremendous teamwork and cooperation between the Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection protects the American public from potentially serious health and safety issues,”  said Lisa Beth Brown, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Savannah. 

Effective enforcement of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act prevents harmful products from entering the country, and it protects children from injury and death. CBP at the Port of Savannah continues to work with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other agencies to combat the illegal importation of unsafe goods that pose significant health and safety risk to the American public.

Consumers should call CPSC's toll-free Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or visit CPSC’s website to report dangerous products or to learn about product recall information.

Please visit the Trade section of the CBP website to learn how CBP inspection operations protects the American consumer.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017