15% of toys sold in France can be dangerous for children

fifteen%. This is the percentage of toys sold in France that can be dangerous for children. Every year, the Directorate General for Consumer Competition and Fraud Repression (DGCCRF) examines the toys on the French market. Health on the Net Analyze the results of this survey.

Visual abnormalities in toys.

Every year, the DGCCRF investigates the health and safety risks of toys sold in France. It also verifies that the products contain the correct information intended for the consumer. The investigation is carried out in two stages: a visual analysis, then in the laboratory.

In total, 1,770 visual controls were carried out on 14,000 references. The results show that 18% of the toys present some visual anomaly. The most frequent nonconformities are:

  • defective lint seams;
  • The possibility of accessing stuffed animals or small items;
  • Unsecured battery compartments.

The DGCCRF also noted deficiencies in terms of safety information intended for consumers. The most common are the absence of the CE marking, which guarantees compliance with the essential safety requirements, the absence of warnings on certain toys or the presence of warnings in a foreign language and not in French in the user manuals/notifications.

15% of toys considered dangerous

Laboratory analyzes covered 520 products. DGCCRF research reveals that:

  • 124 toys are declared non-compliant, that is, 23.8%;
  • 80 toys do not comply and dangerousthat is, 15.4%;
  • The non-conformities and hazards are more related to toys intended for children under 3 years of age. In fact, 19% of the toys are of concern compared to 15% of those intended for children over 3 years of age.

To know! The authorities consider a toy not compliant or dangerous based on several criteria. They include mechanical or physical risks, flammability, presence of dangerous substances, chemical elements or electrical risks.

The main causes of dangerous toys are:

  • The presence of small elements;
  • Access to stuffed stuffed animals;
  • Button cell battery accessibility;
  • The intensity of the light of the leds;
  • The flammability of costumes;
  • The presence of unauthorized aromatic allergenic substances.

Main health risks for children

Health risks for children using toys dangerous They are many. They may be responsible fordomestic accidentssometimes dramatic.

For example, small parts or stuffing from stuffed toys can be ingested and induce suffocation or a intestinal occlusion in the child In particular, the ingestion of button batteries constitutes a danger adult endangering the child’s life. They can cause an occlusion or, in contact with the mucous membranes, burns that can perforate the walls of the esophagus. This is why the ingestion of any foreign body represents a life-threatening emergency and requires the consultation of a doctor or emergencies as soon as possible.

Alexia F., PhD in Neuroscience

Sources

– The safety of toys under surveillance. economie.gouv.fr. Retrieved June 23, 2022.

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