U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and import specialists at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex have seized 14,904 toasters with fake Underwriters Laboratories safety markings.
The uncertified toasters that arrived from China in two shipments were seized after UL confirmed to Customs officials that the safety markings on the toasters were counterfeit. The combined estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail value is $297,931 and the domestic value of the shipments is $72,597.
UL tests and evaluates products for potential risk of fire, shock and personal injury. The toasters bearing the counterfeit UL certification marks had not undergone such a testing and certification process, presenting potential safety hazards to consumers.
In fiscal year 2012, consumer electronics and parts presenting potential safety or security risks, with an estimated domestic value of $33.5 million, represented 23 percent of all commodities seized by U.S. Customs nationwide, according to the agency.