Lauren Burdett regularly uses the Internet to check the list of children’s products that have been recalled.
If she finds any of those items — from play yards to toys with tiny magnets inside — she quickly takes them off the floor at Rugrats Resale and gets rid of them.
"I don't want anything like that, that has been recalled, here," said Burdett, owner of the resale thrift store. "I would be devastated if I sold something and it hurt someone."
That’s the attitude federal officials hope to see during Resale Roundup, a new effort to crack down on people who sell secondhand products that could be defective and hurt children.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is enforcing a new measure that makes it a crime to sell anything that manufacturers have recalled, whether at thrift stores, garage sales or even on eBay or Craigslist.
"Our goal is to make sure that [people] are not passing along a hazard to another person," said Patty Davis, a spokeswoman for the commission. Recalled products are recalled for a reason."
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