Chinese Toys Violated Federal Child Safety Standards

TGH International Trading Inc. has agreed to pay a $31,500 civil penalty after it imported and sold toys from China with small parts that violated federal child safety standards, government officials said Monday.

The small parts presented choking hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The penalty is part of a settlement the commission reached with the California-based company. The agency said the settlement resolves the commission's allegations that the company knowingly imported and sold toys that did not meet the safety requirements.

In accepting the settlement, the company denied the agency's allegations that it knowingly violated the law.

TGH imported more than 11,000 toys containing small parts into the United States between March 2005 and June 2006, according to the CPSC. Many of the hazardous toys were seized through port inspections and other investigative work before they could reach store shelves, the commission said.

The commission said it is unaware of any injuries involving the toys that were distributed.