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When choosing toys for children, the primary focus should be on whether the toy is safe for the child’s health.
 

In order to choose a safe toy:

  • pay attention that the toy has a CE-marking, which should guarantee that the toy complies with all its requirements.
  • read the recommendations and warnings on the primary packaging of the toy, and the attached user manual.
  • check that the toy is suitable for the child’s age group: e.g. when buying a toy for a child under 3 years of age, make sure that it is sufficiently durable and will not break.
  • keep in mind that a toy’s primary packaging that has foreign markings has to include a translation to Estonian, and if necessary, Estonian instruction on how to assemble and use the toy.
  • remember that a toy packaging has to include the name of the manufacturer, their representative or importer or a brand and address.
  • do not buy toys with sharp borders or edges.
  • make sure the buttons, eyes, noses, strings and other protruding parts of the toy are fastened securely and in a durable fashion.
  • make sure the seams and fastenings of the toy are durable and of a high quality.
  • make sure that rideable toys are equipped with an easy to use and safe braking system.
  • when possible, prefer toys made of natural materials, as children are often allergic to artificial materials.
  • make sure the toy does not make too much noise as very noisy toys may damage the child’s hearing.
  • to make sure there is no risk of receiving a burn or an electric shock when touching the toy, the nominal voltage of the power supply or any of its parts cannot exceed 24 volts.
  • take particular care when buying a toy from a market, a kiosk or from other temporary sales places.

See also toy safety tips.

According to safety requirements for toys, considering the potential hazards related to a toy and the age group for whom the toy is intended, toys shall be accompanied with warnings, such as those specifying the minimum and maximum ages for users and, where appropriate, the abilities of the user, the minimum or maximum weight of the user and the need to ensure that the toy is used only under adult supervision. Warnings shall be clearly visible, easily legible and understandable.

Warnings which determine the decision to purchase the toy, such as those specifying the maximum and minimum ages for users, shall appear on the consumer packaging or be otherwise clearly visible to the consumer before the purchase, including in cases where the purchase is made on-line.

Safety surveillance and recall of toys

The Consumer Protection Board carries out the surveillance concerning the safety and compliance with the requirements of toys sold at stores. Therefore, representatives of the Board visit stores at random to take certain products in for testing. Suggestions from consumers are taken into account as well.

The Board will send the toys taken from stores to the laboratory. In the event that the results of the tests carried out in the laboratory show that a toy does not comply with the requirements, a risk assessment shall be carried out on each toy. This data will help to determine which measures shall be taken in order to eliminate the hazard.

In the event that the hazard turns out to pose a serious risk, the trader must immediately stop the sale of said product and recall any products that have already been sold. The company will notify consumers of the recall by displaying a relevant notification at the point of sale and/or through other means. If a consumer discovers that a product they have purchased has been recalled, they should stop using the product and contact the trader responsible for the recall process. The trader shall refund the purchase price of the product to the consumer, the existence of a purchase document shall not be required from the consumer in such a case. 

As a result of testing, a ball was deemed dangerous as it was made of a material that was not self-extinguishing and the toy’s surface ignition was a lot faster than the allowed characteristic value (children can suffer burns on their hand)

A soft floor puzzle from which small parts came loose during the testing; these parts could cause choking.

A toy mobile the sound pressure level of which exceeded the allowed limit.

     

    Remember!
    • The CE-marking should be attached to the toy, the toy’s label or packaging in a visible, readable and indelible way. Smaller toys may have it on their leaflet.
    • Choose the toy based on the child’s age, in order to do so, make note of the age scale on the packaging of the toy.
    • Toys containing small parts are not suitable for young children due to the risk of swallowing or choking.