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Christmas is Saved! Dangerous Fake Decorations Shipped from China Seized
It's no fun decking the halls when your holiday decor consists of fake Chinese electronics that could catch on fire and totally bring down the festive vibe. Today we're learning that late last month, inspectors at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach seized two shipments of potentially dangerous Santa Claus, snowman and polar bear figures with electrical adapters that contained counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories Inc. markings, according to City News Service.
Those holly jolly items, worth nearly $300,000 retail combined, were erroneously marked with a symbol that denotes the products underwent rigorous safety testing. A fake mark means those goods carry the risk of fire, shock, and personal injury. Scary!