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Safety of Pull Along Toys

All toys sold within Europe must meet the requirements of the Toy Safety Directive and carry the "CE" mark. All toys made in the UK must also comply with British Standards BS 5665 "Safety of Toys". It makes no difference wether the toys are mass produced by a large manufacturer or hand crafted and sold in a car boot sale.

BS 5665 "Safety of Toys" consists of four areas shown below. The following safety requirements are based upon BS5665 and are the specific parts that relate to Pull Along Toys.

 

Materials.

1.Physical and Mechanical.Can the toy cut, stab, puncture, mangle or choke the child?
2.Flammable. Does the toy easily catch fire if it is placed near to a heat source, fire, heater or sunlight?
3.Toxicity. Are any of the components made from, or finished off with materials that are poisonous if sucked, chewed or swallowed?
4.Electrical Safety. Toys must have a low voltage supply. For younger children, toys must be battery operated and the batteries must only be removable by an adult.

Components.

Woods. All surfaces must be smooth enough to prevent splinters and have no loose knots or insect holes. All edges and corners that can be touched must not be sharp.
Plastics.All edges and corners that can be touched must be smooth and free from burrs. Thin sections must be made so that they will not crack nor shatter if hit.
Metals. All parts that can be touched must be smooth and free from burrs and not cut fingers. Thin metal sheet should be rolled over at the edges.
Fabrics. No fabric must be used that can become detached if chewed or pulled. i.e. hair, fur, ribbons.
Finishes.Finishes, paints, varnishes, stains, etc. that can become loose and flake off must not be used. No finishes can be toxic.
Glues. All glues must be non-toxic and hard setting. No jagged glue runs must be accessible.
Issue 33 - 23/05/03