Hong Kong Customs alerts public on unsafe wooden toy (with photo)

11 Mar 2021

Hong Kong Customs today (March 11) alerted members of the public to an unsafe model of a wooden toy. Test results indicated that the small parts of the toy could pose suffocation risks to children. To avoid an accident, parents should immediately stop their children from playing with the toy. Traders should also remove the toy from their shelves.

Customs officers earlier conducted a test-buy operation on 12 models of children's toys from retailers in different districts for safety testing. Test results revealed that one wooden toy model had detachable small parts which could pose a risk of suffocation if swallowed by children.

Customs later conducted an operation and searched a chain store in connection with the case. A prohibition notice was served at the same time to prohibit the continued sale of the toy. Moreover, Customs also conducted spot checks and inspections in various districts and found no such toy for sale so far.

An investigation is ongoing.

Customs reminds members of the public to observe the following safety tips when purchasing and using toys:

Customs is committed to the protection of consumer interests and regularly conducts spot checks and safety tests on toys and children's products to ensure that they are reasonably safe for use by consumers.

Under the Toys and Children's Products Safety Ordinance, it is an offence to supply, manufacture or import unsafe toys or children's products. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for one year on first conviction, and a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for two years on subsequent conviction.

Members of the public may report information relating to suspected unsafe toys or children's products via Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Thursday, March 11, 2021

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