It is interesting to note that, according to TIE’s calculations, 93.4% of the toy brands notified on RAPEX in 2012 were not members of TIE or its national association members. Of the few notifications that concerned brands that are our members, some were identified as potential counterfeits. Our members dealt with any genuine notifications of their products appropriately as these reputable companies recognise RAPEX as an important part of the toy industry’s process to guarantee safety. TIE and its members fully support effective market surveillance and enforcement that prevent substandard toys from reaching children.
Parents can also play a role in ensuring that their children play safely by buying trustworthy toy brands from reputable retailers, selecting appropriate toys, making sure they are used as intended, supervising play, and keeping young children away from toys that are intended for older children.
The European Commission’s 2012 RAPEX report is available to download in here.
To learn more about the lengths reputable toy manufacturers go to to guarantee safety, watch this short video.
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