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Study on safety and liability issues relating to toys

Project summary:
In recent years millions of toys were pulled from shop shelves and recalled from consumers over safety concerns. Hazards ranged from exposure to lead in wooden trains to poisonous beads. Prominent media coverage of the recalls of some of children’s best loved toys have made the European public more aware of weaknesses in the product safety systems and manufacturer responsibilities. This study sought to highlight the gaps in the EU toy safety net by answering a number of specific questions related to toy safety legislation, the function of the CE mark, major recent toy recalls, and follow-up by Member States. It suggested possible solutions to fill these gaps.

Client/Financing Institution:
European Parliament

Year:
2007–2008

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