Worryingly, toys bought from third party sellers via online marketplaces may not meet UK safety standards.

Dangers can include:

  • Magnets so strong they can burn through the gut if swallowed
  • Small parts that can choke or suffocate
  • Long cords which can strangle a child.

You can help us spread the word by sharing information about the dangerous toys issue with the parents you support.

If you’re able to, there are also free resources available below for you to download and share, including tips on how to buy toys safely online.

Thank you for your help!

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Watch out for dangerous toys this Christmas (330 words)

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 Tips on how to buy toys safely online

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Did you know some children’s toys sold via online marketplaces might not meet UK safety standards and are dangerous? If you’re able to, then buy direct via the websites of well-known brand names or search for brand names you know: https://bit.ly/32XXP7E

#safetoysonline

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The number of dangerous toys sold online via online marketplaces is on the increase. Dangers include: magnets that burn through the gut if swallowed & choking on small parts. Find out how to spot if a toy could be unsafe: https://bit.ly/3l8rzVo

#safetoysonline

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Lots of families will be buying toys from online marketplaces this Christmas due to shop closures and financial pressures caused by Covid-19.

Did you know these websites aren’t legally required to check if a toy is safe before allowing it to be sold?

If you’re able to, then buy direct via the websites of well-known brand names or search for brand names you know. Find out more:

https://bit.ly/3l8rzVo

#safetoysonline

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The number of dangerous toys sold by third party sellers via online marketplaces is on the increase.

Toys might not meet UK safety standards and can include magnets so strong they can burn through the gut if swallowed and small parts that can choke or suffocate.

Find out how to spot if a toy could be unsafe:

https://bit.ly/3l8rzVo

#safetoysonline

Images

Download and use the copyright-free dangerous toys images courtesy of the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA).

Image 1- Accessible dangerous button batteries.

Image 2 - Dangerous strong magnets.

Image 3 - No age warning for under 3s, small parts, choking risk.

Image 4 - Long cords, hoops and small parts. Strangulation and choking risk.

Resources from Office of Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)

 Download the free resources from OPSS

Leaflet (PDF)

Social assets (zip file)