Target Faces Fines for Lead Toy Sales

Filed under: In The News, Alerts & Recalls

Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

It's hard to believe the frenzy that sent parents shuffling through their kids' toy bins in search of playthings covered in lead-based paint was two years ago.

The massive recalls that prompted a tightening of regulations governing products for kids are now hitting retailers involved in the scandal right in the pocketbook.

Mass-market retailer Target has been fined $600,000 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the sale of toys which violated a ban on sales of products with lead-based paint. Passed in 1977, the CPSC put the law into effect in 1978 chiefly to protect children from lead poisoning.

The CPSC alleges that from May 2006 through August 2007, Target "knowingly imported and sold various toys" coated in paint that exceeded the federal limits for lead.

Target has agreed to pay the $600,000 fine, but the agreement does not include an admission of guilt on the part of the company.

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