Warning dangerous toys! The Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) recently published his investigation on toys marketed in France. However, according to the DGCCRF report, nearly 15% of the toys checked posed a risk to children.
The DGCCRF checks the toy sector every year to ensure that they present no risk to the health and safety of children and to verify that the consumer is properly informed.
The survey, carried out in 2020, gave rise to just over 1,770 checks and involved nearly 14,000 references. Of approximately 1,570 physical establishments and online sales sites checked, more than 18% had at least one visual anomaly. The DGCCRF investigators also took 520 toys for analysis and 15% of these were declared “non-compliant” and withdrawn from the market. While worrying, this rate is within the average for the past two years.
According to the DGCCRF study, the most frequent visual non-conformities are “defective plush seams”, or too easy access to padding or small items that are easily ingested by children.