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Saturday, July 18, 2009
CHILDREN BOOKS : Choking, Cuts and Strangulation risks
Children activity books should be considered and testes as toys.
In Denmark, the editor of the Tiger/Legebog book had to recall a play book with a wire binder for safety reasons.
A mixture of coloured cords is attached to the book in a zip bag. There is also one sticker sheet. The book consists of nine pages made of cardboard with holes for the cords. The pages have bright colours and simple images. The approximate dimension of the book is: 195 x 185 mm.
The product poses a risk of:
- choking because the metal spine can be pulled off by a child. The spine and stickers can be swallowed, as they fit into the small parts cylinder;
- cuts because the released spine has sharps points that can cut the skin;
- strangulation because the cords are longer than 380 mm (640 mm) and can form nooses.
The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71.