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Published on: Fri 28 December 2018

How Do You Deal With: Toys

Introduction

You do not want your product be potential harmful for children. Recalls are expensive and can be disastrous for your reputation. You do not want your product and/or your name to be negatively published by e.g. “Which?” or “Stiftung Warentest” Make more attention to product compliance as one of your major 2019 good intentions.

Summary

Are you sure that your imported toys are safe? Are your toy products safe and legal? Do you know the risks associated with toys? We at ProductIP can help you giving you mandatory insights in toy legislation and how to deal with assuring product compliance. By following our Toy Safety Training you yourself can become an expert on the subject!

Content

Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas have just completed their shopping job this latest month of 2018. December is the for the toy retail the most importent month. We hope that your were successful in 2018 and you will be ready for 2019. Christmas and Saint Nicholas shoppers want to and probably expect to buy safe toys. Are you sure you will not disappoint these shoppers?

Unfortunately a lot of toys are not safe and legal. This year is almost finished. The 2018 RAPEX product recall statistics are not completed yet. In the first 51 weeks of 2018 RAPEX has published 2067 alerts, which is almost equal to the 2017 figures. 656 alerts from 2067 “2018” recall alerts were toys products ( 31,7 %). Toy products are still the most recalled type of products, followed on significant distances by vehicles and fashion products.

Consumer associations such as the English “Which” are doing regular research on toy product safety. Please see following link for more detailed information; https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/toys/article/guides

One recent example from “Which?” Is about slime toys. “Which?” Has tested randomly 13 products. 5 of these 13 examples failed the EU safety limit for the presence of a potentially harmful chemical boron.

Boron is found in borax, a common ingredient in slime that helps to create its stickiness. Over-exposure to the chemical can cause skin irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps in the short-term.

Another recent example is published by the German consumer association “Stiftung Warentest” about “push-bikes”. From 14 examples 3 were safe and 11 were not safe. Please see following link for more detailed information: https://www.test.de/thema/kinderspielzeug/

You do not want your product be potential harmful for children. Recalls are expensive and can be disastrous for your reputation.