The number of dangerous toys sold online to unsuspecting families is on the increase – so it’s important to be extra cautious when buying Christmas presents this year.
Worryingly, if you buy from a third party seller via one of the well-known online marketplaces, toys might not meet UK safety standards.
Online marketplaces are simply offering a shop window to sellers around the world and aren’t legally required to check if a toy is safe before allowing it to be sold.
Dangers can include:
- Magnets so strong they can burn through a child’s gut if swallowed
- Long cords that can strangle a child
- Dangerous levels of chemicals
- Small parts that can choke or suffocate
- Easy access to button batteries that can get stuck in a child’s food pipe, cause internal bleeding and even death.
Lots of families will be looking for bargains online this year due to shop closures and financial pressures caused by Covid-19, so we’re sharing tips to help you buy toys safely.
If you are able to, then buy direct via the websites of well-known brand names.
If you are buying from an online marketplace, enter a reputable brand name when you search for the toy you want, to be sure it’s safe.