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"Be CErtain of toy safety" - actions of UOKiK and Trade Inspection

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"Be CErtain of toy safety" - actions of UOKiK and Trade Inspection
  • Almost half of the inspected electric toys did not meet formal or design requirements.
  • The most serious problems are poorly secured access to the battery, the emission of excessively loud sounds, and the lack of necessary warnings.
  • What are the most common abnormalities? Which factors to consider when purchasing? Watch the recording of our webinar entitled "Be CErtain of toy safety".

Children's Day is approaching. To mark this special occasion, we are publishing educational materials and giving tips throughout the week. The main theme is toy safety.

- We are committed to ensuring that the toys that end up in the hands of children are completely safe. Throughout the year, the safety is controlled by the Trade Inspection, and the toys are subjected to rigorous testing in the laboratories of the UOKiK in Lublin and £ód¼. We inspect toys for construction defects and contents of dangerous chemical substances that could endanger the health or life of the youngest users - says the President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny.

Inspection of electrical toys

Today we present the results of inspections of electric toys such as vehicles, phones, interactive animals and dolls. In total, from January to April this year, the Trade Inspection experts checked 43 models of such toys. The inspections were carried out at 30 companies from all over Poland - at warehouses, shops and importers. The vast majority of inspected toys came from China.

The Trade Inspection had concerns about 21 toy models, i.e. almost half (48 percent) of all of the inspected models. The most often questioned toys were battery-operated cars, educational toys and telephones. Formal non-compliances mainly consisted in the absence of required warnings (14 cases) and instructions (9 cases). The UOKiK laboratory in Lublin examined samples of 40 toys for safety and questioned 9 of them (22.5 percent). The experts paid particular attention to the battery access and the levels of sound emission.

- In the laboratory, it was found that in four of the examined vehicle and animal models, the battery compartment lid could open on its own. The child therefore has easy access to them and can swallow them. Trials have also shown that 2 of the children's phones produce sounds that are too loud, posing a risk of damaging hearing while playing. Other irregularities that could have been dangerous for children included a foil that was too thick, a rope that was too long and a small element that a toddler could also swallow - says the President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny.

So far, in 6 cases where laboratory tests showed the most serious risks, provincial Trade Inspection experts have issued a decision to ban the further sale of these toys. As far as formal irregularities are concerned, most entrepreneurs have already addressed them.

Read more in the Trade Inspection audit report. Check also the list of the inspected toys.

Electric toys - tips

  • Access to the battery must be well protected. It should only be accessible with the use of a suitable tool (e.g. screwdriver) or by making two independent movements (e.g. pulling and twisting). In the first case, the screw must be permanently inserted into the flap of the battery compartment cover so that it cannot be unscrewed fully and removed.
  • Volume Depending on the type of a toy (e.g. a rattle, a telephone or a little piano) and the duration of the sound, the maximum permissible sound level is between 60 and 130 dB. Unfortunately, these requirements can only be checked in the laboratory. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to ensure that the toy produces a sound at an acceptable level, i.e. the manufacturer should have a test report proving compliance with this parameter. Before purchase, buyers can only listen to what sounds the toy makes and whether they are unpleasant to the ear.
  • The CE marking shall be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly to the toy, to the packaging or to an affixed label. It is the manufacturer's declaration that the product meets all technical and legal requirements. It is then reasonable to assume that the toy will be safe for small users
  • Warnings. If you are looking for a toy for a young child, make sure the packaging does not say "Not suitable for children under 36 months/3 years" or the graphic equivalent of such information. Next to this warning or in the instructions, the manufacturer should give a brief description of the hazard, e.g. the appearance of small parts.

The webinar

What are the obligations of the toy manufacturer, importer and seller? What irregularities are most frequently detected during inspections? What is the penalty for selling defective toys? What to look out for in particular when choosing a gift for a child? These and other questions were answered by UOKiK experts during the webinar "Be CErtain of toy safety" on Friday, 28 May at 12:00 p.m. on the UOKiK YouTube channel. During the meeting, there was also a demonstration of the toys testing methods used in the laboratories of UOKiK. You can watch the recording of the meeting.

Consumer assistance: 

Tel. 801 440 220 or 22 290 89 16 – consumer helpline
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Consumer advocates – in your town or district

Additional information for the media:

UOKiK Press Office
Pl. Powstańców Warszawy 1, 00-950 Warszawa, Poland
Phone +48 695 902 088, +48 22 55 60 246
E-mail: [SCODE]Yml1cm9wcmFzb3dlQHVva2lrLmdvdi5wbA==[ECODE]
Twitter: @UOKiKgovPL

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