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June 26, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
A Los Angeles-area toy importer has agreed to pay a $665,000 fine for importing and selling toys with high levels of lead and for violating other federal child safety standards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The commission announced Thursday that it had reached a settlement with OKK Trading Ltd. of the City of Commerce. The company's website says it is one of the nation's largest wholesale direct importers of dollar-store toys, stationery and seasonal merchandise.
February 11, 2009 | Alana Semuels
Retailers across the country are yanking shoes, toys, Valentine's gifts and other children's goods from shelves to comply with a strict lead law that took effect Tuesday. The repercussions of the hotly debated Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which bans the sale of children's products containing dangerous amounts of lead and chemicals called phthalates, began rippling through the industry as manufacturers realized the law wasn't going away.
November 13, 2008 | the associated press
At least 18 children younger than 15 died in toy-related accidents in 2007. Most of the deaths were caused by blocked airways, drowning or accidents involving motor vehicles, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission data. Many of the incidents were not caused by the toys but occurred while the children were playing. Fourteen of the 18 children were boys.
May 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An Australian man has been fined after buckling in a case of beer with a seat belt but leaving a 5-year-old child to sit on the car's floor, police said. Constable Wayne Burnett said he was "shocked and appalled" by the incident late last week in Alice Springs. The beer was strapped in between two adults in the back seat. The child was also in the back, but on the floor. The driver was fined about $710 for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and for failing to ensure a child was wearing a seat belt.
April 18, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County officials said Thursday that they would begin their own checks of child-care facilities and foster homes after a state audit found 49 instances in which convicted sex offenders appeared to have lived at the same address as such facilities. The audit found that although child-care operators and employees must submit to criminal background checks, no such requirement currently applies to people who live in the same house or apartment where the facilities are located.
April 1, 2008 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Contractors renovating U.S. homes built before 1978 must take special precautions to avoid exposing children to lead paint under a regulation announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. Many physicians and scientists have criticized the EPA's long-awaited rule as inadequate to protect children who live in the estimated 38 million homes that contain old lead paint. Every year, about 11 million renovations occur in U.S.
March 26, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Many in the Central Valley farm town of Lindsay were shocked when a man was arrested after allegedly viewing photos of nude boys on a computer in the local library. But even more shocking was the dismissal two days later of the library branch's lone employee, who said she alerted police over the objections of her supervisor.
March 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Safety officials announced a recall of 24,000 cribs and warned parents against putting their babies to bed with pillows and other soft bedding that could suffocate them. The Indonesian-made cribs, imported by Munire Furniture Inc., have improper brackets that don't allow their mattresses to be fully lowered. This could allow children inside the crib to crawl over the railing and fall. The recall includes the company's Majestic Curved Top, Majestic Flat Top, Essex, Brighton/Sussex and Captiva cribs with various model numbers.
February 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Evenflo Co., a maker of baby-care and child-safety products, is recalling about 1 million of its Discovery model infant car seats, the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Tests conducted by the car seat maker and the federal agency showed the seat could separate from its base in side collisions, they said. The recall affects Discovery models 390, 391, 534 and 552, produced beginning in April 2005. Owners can call the company at (800) 356-2229 to order a supplemental dual-hook fastener.
January 15, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
MySpace says it can't guarantee that the people who sign up for its social networking site aren't underage or sex offenders. But it averted a potential legal battle Monday by agreeing to keep trying. A group of 49 state attorneys general probing safety issues at MySpace and other online social networks signed a deal with the Beverly Hills-based unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
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