´╗┐Toy safety tips from Customs to parents

14 Dec 2009

Parents should be aware of the potential hazards of festive toys and take heed of the warnings and the usage instructions on the toys, a spokesman of the Customs and Excise Department warned today (December 14).

With the approach of Christmas, the Customs and Excise Department conducted spot checks on toys retailers. Officers sent 24 different types of toys for safety test by the Government Laboratory. The samples included puzzles, Christmas play figures, balloons, poppers, toy whistles, toy cars, drawing boards, toy guns, plastic toy noses, animal toys, bubble play sets, projectile toys, toy planes and clay toys.

Test results showed that the samples met the safety requirements. Only three toys failed to meet the identification marking of the Toys and Children's Products Safety Regulation (TCPSR) made under the Toys and Children's Products Safety Ordinance (TCPSO).

To maintain toy safety in the market, the department conducts surprise checks on retailers and draws samples for safety tests.

From January to November, Customs conducted 1,100 spot checks on the safety of toys. In these spot checks, 41 items, including bathing toys, toy boats, bubble making toys, bicycles, face paints, frisbee toys, party toys, stuffed toys, toy cars, twist spheres and wooden craft construction kits failed to comply with the requirements under TCPSO and TCPSR.

Some of these items failed to comply with the safety requirements concerning structure, such as sharp points, sharp edges, heavy metal, crevices, stability and package film and some of them also failed to comply with requirements of identification marking under the TCPSR.

In the same period, 14 toy suppliers were prosecuted, and 102 toy suppliers were served with written warnings for supplying toys which failed to comply with the requirements under TCPSO and TCPSR.

Parents should heed these toy safety tips:

To report unsafe toys and children's products, consumers can call the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or write to the Consumer Protection Bureau, Customs and Excise Department at 11/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point.

Ends/Monday, December 14, 2009

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