Toy safety warning

By on 09/03/2010 in News
Toys seized by Trading Standards

Toys seized by Trading Standards

Residents are being urged to check that any toy that they buy for children displays the correct labels in accordance with European Safety Standards. All new toys supplied in the course of a business must display the name and address of the manufacturer or importer, the CE marking (which is a declaration by the manufacturer or importer that the toy meets the essential safety requirements), and where necessary, any warnings and instructions for the safe use of the toy. Toys without these markings can mean that the toy poses a potential danger to children.

Following a complaint from a member of the public about the safety of a toy doll purchased from a stall at the One Stop shopping centre in Perry Barr, Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council carried out further investigations.  Businessman Mr Shama Moed Nabi, trading as Zarateshtera Ltd, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday 5th March 2010 charged with 32 offences of having in his possession for supply toys that failed to comply with the Toys (Safety) Regulations 1995.

Mr Shama Moed Nabi pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £2150.00.

When buying toys, people should also:

• check that the toy is suitable for the child
• be particularly careful with toys for children under three
• never allow children under three to play with toys intended for older children
• check for loose hair and small parts, points and sharp edges
• check toys regularly to see that they have not become dangerously worn
• make sure that instructions and warnings provided with toys are followed.
• supervise young children at play

Toys seized by Trading Standards

Toys seized by Trading Standards

Councillor Neil Eustace, Chair of the Public Protection Committee at Birmingham City Council, comments:

“These markings are there for a reason, namely to reassure parents that the toys meet recognised European safety standards. If they are not there, we urge people not to buy them and to report it immediately to Trading Standards as it is a criminal offence”. 

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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