Fox to Yard Salers: Unloading Wrong Toy Could Cost You $15M

CPSC launches push to stop the resale of recalled toys
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2009 6:47 AM CDT
An Illinois, sorts through some baby clothes which her family is selling during a community yard sale.   (AP Photo/Herald & Review, Kelly J. Huff, file)
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(Newser) – Selling the wrong toy at a yard sale could lead to a fine of up to $15 million under a new government policy, Fox News reports. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's "Resale Round-Up" aims to stamp out the sale of used toys that have been recalled due to high lead levels or other safety concerns. Second-hand stores, jumble sales, and individuals selling used goods are expected to consult the CPSC's list of recalled toys.

The CPSC says the fines—$100,000 per infraction, and up to $15 million for a series of infractions—are aimed at large companies, although sale organizers worry individuals will be targeted. "Most people having garage sales at this point don't have much anyway, so to have a fine levied against them is tantamount to harassment," a Fox legal analyst says. "And if you or I asked 100 people about this, they would never even know the law exists."