Release date: September 29, 1999
Release number: 99-176

Release Details

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that The Mazel Company, of Solon, Ohio, was sentenced to pay a criminal penalty of $40,000 after pleading guilty to four counts of selling banned children's toys. The toys had been recalled by their New Jersey importer in 1996 because they contained small parts, which posed a choking hazard to young children. However, following the recall, the importer resold the toys to Mazel. Between August 1996 and February 1997, Mazel sold approximately 800 Teddy Precious Collectible Bears to small retail stores throughout the United States.

Toys intended for children under 3 that contain small parts are banned under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio sentenced Mazel immediately after accepting the guilty plea.

CPSC Chairman Ann Brown said, "This case will alert companies that the sale of dangerous children's products is a violation of criminal law. We will aggressively pursue actions like this one to protect the safety of American children."

The Civil Division's Office of Consumer Litigation, in the Department of Justice, handled the prosecution of Mazel and the New Jersey importer, Dan Dee International Inc. In April, Dan Dee also pled guilty and was sentenced to pay a $40,000 criminal fine.

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