With seams that come apart in your hands and beaded eyes that fall off with barely a tug, these toys are among the dangerous products that Surrey trading standards officers have stopped from ever reaching consumers.
The soft toys were attached to baby play gyms designed for young babies. They were part of a large consignment imported through Heathrow Airport which also included toy laptops with sounds that exceeded the maximum decibel limit for children’s electronic toys, giving the potential for hearing damage, and drawing mats with pen caps that could have become stuck in a child’s throat.
The products were intercepted by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards* officers after arriving at an inspection point in Surrey. Imported from Hong Kong, the consignment included nearly 300 toys which all raised concern. A total of 236 failed safety tests – 24 baby play gyms with soft toys, 104 toy laptops and 108 drawing mats – and a further 54 had missing or poor quality safety warnings or labelling – 18 baby play gyms with rattles and 36 kitchen playsets.
The products, which were destined for sale in the UK, have now been destroyed to prevent them reaching the market.
Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Our trading standards officers are on alert for poor quality products which pose a safety risk to consumers and will take action whenever possible to make sure they can never be sold online or in stores.”
*Buckinghamshire and Surrey operate a joint trading standards service