A toy car, where the batteries can easily fall out, so there is a risk that children may swallow them, and an electrical legetøjshund, which can cause an electrical shock.
these are some of the products, it has been possible to buy on the european market, but which have been reviewed and withdrawn through the EU early-warning system for fake goods called 'Rapid alert system'.
In total there have been warned about 2243 products in 2019, the majority of which have been about dangerous toys with 650 reviews.
It shows the annual report from the in 2019. The system covers all EU countries as well as the Uk, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
It is very seriously dangerous toys abound on the european market, " says Didier Reynders, who is the EU's retskommissær.
- It is extremely dangerous if children come into contact with products, which can cause electrical shock, or that they may swallow the batteries. Therefore, it is important that dangerous products can be notified.
- There will always be a risk of dangerous products. But when we have a system that makes us aware of such products, so we can ensure people from coming to harm, he says.
There are very dangerous toys out there, but it can be difficult to get of the market, and therefore consumers should really be mindful, says Mads Reinholdt, director of the Consumer council Think.
- There are more dangerous toys, and it is due to the products become more complicated, and that the sale is done over the web, where there are many different webshops and service providers.
- Therefore, we recommend that you avoid buying toys from places outside of the EU, he says.
The 2243 products reviewed in 2019 led to 4477 follow-up action from the authorities in Europe.
This is an increase of ten percent since the 2018 and 63 percent since 2015.
Follow-up actions can both lead to the distributors pull the products back or destroy them before they reach the consumers.
According to mr Reynders, suggesting the figures that the system of warnings has a large impact, and that it works.
- The rapid alert system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It makes sure that information about products is exchanged, and that our internal market is safe.
- There are carried out a record-breaking piece of work in order to protect consumers against dangerous products and potential damage. The system works. And it works well, he says.
According to Reynders has coronakrisen also shown that there is a great need for the dangerous goods in Europe.
He points out that there have been a number of new reviews under coronakrisen, which is not a part of the report.
Until 1. July 2020, there have been 63 reviews of face masks, three of coveralls and three about the hand-held UV-lamps for disinfection.
That is until now made ten follow-up action on these reviews.