On Thursday, New York's Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart, Target and toy importer LaRose Industries. The companies are accused of importing or selling toys that contained dangerously high levels of lead.
The lawsuit specifies “Cra-Z-Jewelz” jewelry-making kits as having been tested and shown to contain lead levels that were up to 10 times the federal limit.
The suit alleges that the companies broke a multitude of New York State laws, including selling hazardous toys, deceiving customers and false advertising. The Attorney General is seeking civil penalties of up to $6,000 for each jewelery kit the companies tried to sell, as well as requiring they take steps to avoid products with dangerous lead levels hitting store shelves again.
In a tweet, Attorney General Barbara Underwood said, "No one should have to worry that their child's toy may be toxic. It's a parent's worst nightmare."
The lawsuit follows a 2015 investigation by the Attorney General's office that initially found the high levels of lead in the jewelry-making toys. LaRose Industries had already taken the step of recalling the product in 2016 in response to the investigation.