DEKRA to Advise at the Spielwarenmesse 2018 Toy Fair in Nuremberg

Safety Warnings Too Often End Up in the Recycling Bin

Jan 30, 2018

A representative survey carried out by forsa on DEKRA’s behalf has revealed that many parents do not read the instructions for toys or recreational products and therefore miss the safety warnings they contain. Only just over half (56%) of those surveyed said that they always read the instructions after buying products such as ride-on cars or trampolines for the yard.

DEKRA experts recommend that parents study the instructions particularly carefully when it comes to products for their children. The instructions are an important part of the product for safety reasons: They provide guidance on setting up the product safely, proper use, the recommended age group, the materials used and the product lifetime.
The survey showed that parents place importance on quality when buying toys. Nearly all (99%) look out for an impression of high-quality and that the toy is well made. For 82%, a test seal from an independent testing organization is “important” or “very important.” Fewer respondents (40%) find the brand or manufacturer to be a crucial factor.
Toy safety is an ever-important topic for parents: Nearly two-thirds (64%) express concerns that toys could contain too many harmful substances. More than half (57%) believe that toy safety laws and regulations are adequate, but a 78% majority wishes manufacturers and retailers were subject to more control.
For the survey commissioned by DEKRA, the forsa institute surveyed 1,010 parents of children aged up to 14 from all over Germany.
The DEKRA product testing and certification laboratories will be providing advice at the Spielwarenmesse 2018 Toy Fair 2018 in Nuremberg from January 31 to February 4, 2018, in the Testing & Inspection Center (hall 11.1., stand D01-E02). DEKRA is an accredited testing center in accordance with the EU toy directive. The laboratories test and certify consumer and durable goods of all kinds for a safe home. DEKRA experts test the products chemically, mechanically and electrically and help manufacturers and retailers with material and supplier management.