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April 10,  2002

California Man Sentenced for Importing Illegal Toys

(SafetyAlerts) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Steve Thai, owner of the now defunct Super Rambo Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif., was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine for importing children's toys that violate federal law. Thai is the first individual sentenced for a criminal conviction related to CPSC's mandatory children's toy standards.

U.S. District Judge Lourdes G. Baird handed down the sentence against the 41-year-old Thai after he pled guilty in August 2001 to four counts of violating CPSC's small parts requirements for children's toys. The Judge also ordered that Thai, and any company with which he is associated in any way, must conduct pre-importation testing and evaluation to ensure compliance with CPSC's standards.

"CPSC is pleased that the Court is requiring the testing of toys that Thai's companies import," said CPSC Acting Chairman Thomas Moore. "This case should alert all toy importers, manufacturers, and distributors that CPSC is willing to prosecute individuals who place children at risk of serious injury."

Thai's business illegally imported toy trucks, racing cars, planes, wind-up robots, and trains. Despite repeated notice from the CPSC that he was violating the law, Thai continued to import the illegal toys. Toys with small parts are a choking hazard for children under 3.

Every year CPSC recalls numerous children's products that could contribute to unnecessary deaths or injuries. In 2000, there were 151,000 children (under 15 years old) that were treated in hospital emergency rooms due to toy related incidents, resulting in 17 deaths.

Source: CPSC

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