Warning from Trading Standards - dangerous toy ring with light

Published Friday, 19 December 2014

Warning from Trading Standards - dangerous toy ring with light

Bromley Trading Standards has issued a warning to parents after removing a large quantity of toys from a Santa’s Grotto in the Walnuts Shopping Centre.

Officers from Bromley were told by a shopper who had seen the rings at the Grotto and was concerned. The rings are battery operated and emit flashes of light. Officers are concerned they can easily break leaving the small button batteries accessible. If the battery is swallowed by a child it can cause choking, internal bleeding and even death. Similar rings have been the subject of a recent national alert which recommends their withdrawal from the market.

Trading Standards visited  the Walnuts and spoke to the company in charge of the event and the Walnuts management. Both cooperated fully with the officers and handed over the stock of around 350 rings. The rings were being given to children as part of their Santa visit. 

Head of Trading Standards and Community Safety Rob Vale warned: “We think these products do not comply with the requirements of toy safety regulations.  We would urge parents to look out for these products and if they have bought any, return them to the place of purchase for a refund.”

Picture shows the rings which have been withdrawn due to safety concerns.


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