Dangerous Toys Seized by U.S. Customs

November 30, 2012 Updated Nov 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM EDT

By WKBW News

November 30, 2012 Updated Nov 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Those toys could have ended up on store shelves here in Western New York.

Thousands of toys that could've sent your child to the hospital. This bust, one of several, as federal authorities crack down this holiday season.

Loaded with lead paint, glazed with chemicals, and wired for fire that's what U.S. Customs and Border protection say they found inside a children's product shipment destined for toy shelves.

Had these toys not been seized they would have been shipped all over the northeast, possibly here in the Buffalo area, which experts say it could have been tragic.

These products determined by the CPSC as potentially deadly had small choking parts, one doll's head contained palates, plastic chemicals banned by Congress.

Parents being warned to be vigilant of buying toys this year of the hidden dangers that last year sent 200,000 kids to the emergency room.

All of these products will be destroyed.

While federal authorities are happy they seized these toys, they warn parents there are still dangerous toys that have slipped through the cracks and now being sold.

For a look at newly re-called toys, go to this website. www. recalls.gov.

If the toy or product has been recalled, check the guidelines for what to do next, because the procedures vary.

If you find recalled products on the shelf the next time you go shopping, notify the retailer.

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