New York state authorities have announced a lawsuit against retail giants Walmart and Target for selling Chinese-made toys that had up to 10 times the legal limit of lead, according to the AFP news agency.
The lawsuit seeks up to $6,000 in penalties for each of the thousands of Cra-Z-Jewelz jewellery kits the retailers and importer LaRose Industries sold from 2015 to 2016 before they were recalled.
"No parent should have to worry that their child's toy may be toxic. As we allege, these companies imported and sold toys with dangerous levels of toxic lead," New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement.
The retailers said they removed the toys from store shelves as soon as they were notified of the safety issues.
"We take our customers' safety seriously and require our suppliers to meet all safety standards," Walmart said in a statement to AFP. Target, which pulled the product voluntarily, told AFP in a statement: "We're committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guests and we require all of our vendors to follow safety laws... for the products they sell at Target."
LaRose has already adopted a number of measures to ensure imported toys do not contain dangerous amounts of lead.