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Warning as toys sold here fail safety tests

The above picture is for illustration purposes only. Trading Standards have not revealed images or details of the exact toys tested for legal reasons

Trading Standards say 40 per cent of toys they've tested have failed safety checks.

Toys were sampled in local shops, markets and from the internet by the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service

Trading Standards interventions' manager Steve Gardiner said: "Tension tests ensure that a soft toy is strong enough to endure regular use by a child without coming apart.
 
"In total samples of 15 soft toys, selected at random from a mixture of high street, online and market retailers were seam tension tested under laboratory conditions. Six of the 15 failed indicating that they may not be safe for use by young children. 

"The retailers and manufacturers have withdrawn them from sale. The test purchasing was part of the service's routine market surveillance.
 
"Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service recommends that when buying a soft toy, consumers should check the age warning on the packaging. Toys not suitable for children under 36 months must display a warning because they may contain parts which could cause significant harm.
 
"Always ensure a CE mark is on the toy or packaging before you buy. All toys, including ‘free’ toys that come with magazines or food purchases must display this and it shows that the toy meets legal requirements.
 
"‘Homemade’ toys available online or from market stalls must conform to the same safety regulations. Even if a product is marked ‘this is not a toy’ it may still have to satisfy the safety tests if it is ‘child appealing.’
 
"Be wary of bargains, as some popular branded toys are counterfeited. While they might look the same, they are unlikely to have undergone the same rigorous safety tests a genuine toy will have been subjected to. Take extra care when buying second hand toys that no longer have the packaging or instructions.
 
"Attachments like hair, eyes and noses should be securely fastened, and seams tightly stitched. Give these a quick test by pulling on them yourself before giving them to a child and check all toys regularly to ensure they remain safe for play.
 
"Diamanté decorations and personalised gems or ‘bling’ can look pretty, but are subject to strict controls. Filling materials and hair on toys can be potential choking hazards; check for any long cords, ribbons or ties and be wary of sharp edges, points or loose components which can appear over time or if the toy is broken or damaged. If in doubt, stop using it."

Click play to hear Steve Gardiner speaking to The Breeze
 

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