The U.S. Customs and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has seized more than 200,000 dolls that they say are unsafe. Most of these dolls are produced in China.
Officials credit advanced tracking technology for keeping the toxic toys out of kids' hands.
The dolls from China contain high levels of a group of banned chemicals, including a chemical called phthalate, experts say. Studies on rats show that exposure to high levels of phthalate lead to disruptions in hormones and even birth defects in infants.
Ten shipments of dolls at ports across the country were taken, with a value of $500,000.
In the past five years, the CPSC and U.S. customs have stopped over nine million potentially dangerous toys from making it to store shelves.
Kim Dulic, CPSC spokesperson, wants consumers to know that they can shop safe and smart this year with new federal safety standards and work that the commission is doing to keep toys in the U.S. among the safest in the world.
Dulic suggests shopping at reputable stores for reputable brands, and if you find any concerns when shopping, you can visit the CPSC website or call toll free at (800) 638-2772.