RAPEX, the European Rapid Alert System, is getting better and better at detecting dangerous toys. Meglena Kuneva, Member of the EC in charge of Consumer Protection, will present on 17/04/2008 the conclusions of the 2007 RAPEX Report. The Commissioner will outline the work undertaken on product safety - with the toy industry, international partners (China and the USA) and Member State surveillance authorities – and set out in more detail the outstanding initiatives foreseen in 2008.
There were 1.355 alerts for dangerous consumer products in 2007 compared with 926 in 2006. The results from the 2007 RAPEX Report show the increasing effectiveness of this European Rapid Alert System, which was established by the Commissioner as a tool against consumer goods posing a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers and covers toys, childcare articles and household appliances.
This infoclip includes:
- toys and objects which have been removed from the market because they are too dangerous.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Credits and title
||General shot of the Rapex campaign poster and objects which have been withdrawn from the market because they are considered to be too dangerous
||Object which shows the width of a child's throat
||Animated toys: such toys contain small pieces which could be swallowed by children and when inside the child's body could cause perforations to the membranes as the two pieces are linked magnetically (3 shots)
||Toy which contains parts that can be taken apart or unscrewed and could subsequently be swallowed by a child
||These bears do not meet certain safety standards (they loose their fur) which could subsequently be swallowed by a child and cause suffocation (2 shots)
||Cigarette lighters which resemble toys and could therefore injure a child (4 shots)
||Toy whose edges are too sharp
||Luminous pen which is dangerous for the eyes (2 shots)
||Electric insect repellent machine, which carries 230 volts, with which a child could play
||General views of objects (3 shots)
||Kettle which has gone on fire because of a short circuit
||Riding hat which does not comply with safety standards and general view of objects
||Objects which children might think are sweets but which are not edible