Feds seize dangerous Santa and Frosty lights
The holiday decorations were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex between Nov. 23 and 25 in two shipments from China and had an estimated retail value of $173,000.
The lighting displays had phony Underwriters Laboratories product safety certification labels and had not undergone the rigorous scrutiny required by the organization. As a result, federal authorities said the displays were potentially dangerous.
Consumers who use the products face potential injury, such as burns or electrical shock, said Jaime Ruiz, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection.
Federal officials said electric items presenting potential safety or security risks represented 19% of all commodities seized by Customs and Border Protection in fiscal year 2010. Those products had a total estimated value of $7.9 million, Ruiz said.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Some of the holiday lights seized by federal officials. Credit: Department of Homeland Security