Ten Tips for “Que No Te The Play” Toys

Surely Santa Claus or the Kings have already loaded your gifts, but never too late to talk about safety in toys. On the occasion of the arrival of Christmas, the legal Center DAS has launched the campaign “that not you the play” to help consumers identify safe toys and knows how to deal with those products that do not meet the minimum requirements.

Spain is the EU country most dangerous toys to denounce every year, according to data from the European Union. Because, as much as the authorities and consumer organisations strive, ultimately slip dangerous toys on the market, should keep in mind these tips to prevent and to act in case of bumping us with faulty toys or of poor quality.

These are the ten tips for “Not you the play” and that truly selected toys and games are for enjoyment and safe children’s learning:

  • Before you buy toy check that packaging stating the “CE marking” by which the manufacturer certifies that the article meets the requirements of security of the European Union.
  • Make sure that the packaging or the labelling figure name, the brand name of the product and the address in Spain of manufacturer or importer.
  • Check the warnings concerning the dangers inherent in the toy and risks involving their use.
  • Please note the age minimum and maximum use indicated on the product.
  • The toy must be accompanied by instructions and information on security, which will be drawn up at least in Spanish.
  • Be careful with smaller toys or those that contain small parts that can lead to risk of suffocation.
  • Be especially cautious with the electrical and water toys. The warnings of risk for children under three years must be clearly specified. The regulation establishes that products aimed at this group of children cannot be parts of less than three centimeters in diameter and six centimeters long.
  • Toys with cords of 30 centimeters long greater pose a risk of strangulation for babies.
  • Avoid all jewelry, especially for metal, for young children. Also magnetic toys or those that contain toxic chemicals.
  • If the toy fails to comply with any of the requirements or consumer detects that it can lead to risks not warned, you can report it in the corresponding consumption in your autonomous community agencies.

Since last summer, a Royal Decree harmonizes the Spanish legislation with the legislation of the European Union to limit to the maximum the risks that will be exposed the child when you use any type of toy.

However, the majority of reported toys comes from outside borders auropeas, being China regularly reported more overseas market (60% of complaints in 2009).

Yet, as we have seen on many occasions, many unsafe and dangerous toys remain exposed on the shelves of stores available to consumers. Denounce those toys that we detect as dangerous It could help their removal and prevent accidents in other children.