On 13 July 2023, the Consumer Product Safety Office (CPSO) issued several notices to retailers and online sellers of products for children on the safety hazards posed by magnetic ball toys, water beads and electric toys containing button batteries that are improperly secured.
The CPSO stated that these products must not be supplied or sold if marketed directly or indirectly as a toy for children under 14 years old. Where consumers are reasonably able to infer that the product is a toy from the packaging, the packaging must clearly state that the product is not suitable for children below 14 years old, with at least one such statement in English.
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General consumer goods, such as toys and children’s products, are required to meet prescribed safety standards. Noncompliant toys must not be supplied or sold.
The CPSO’s notices follow a rise in instances of children swallowing foreign objects by mistake. In the notices, the CPSO stated that magnetic ball toys, water beads and electric toys containing button batteries that are improperly secured, are types of toys that are attractive to young children but pose safety hazards.
Accordingly, the CPSO has required that these types of products must not be supplied or sold if marketed directly or indirectly as a toy for children below 14 years old. Where consumers are reasonably able to infer that the product is a toy from the packaging, the packaging must clearly state that the product is not suitable for children below 14 years old, with at least one such statement in English.
Online sellers are also required to ensure that electric toys containing button batteries are properly secured, such that the button batteries are not accessible without the aid of a tool or can only be opened after at least two independent movements are applied simultaneously.
The CPSO has been working with trade associations, physical retailers and e-commerce platforms to step up efforts in the removal of the listings of products unsafe for children sold online.
The CPSO is an office under Enterprise Singapore, and safeguards consumer safety by ensuring consumer goods supplied in Singapore are safe for use and comply with applicable safety standards.
Where such types of consumer products do not meet the requisite safety requirements, the regulator may issue a public notice declaring such goods to be unsafe and/or direct persons who have supplied such goods in Singapore to control or cease such supply and to inform users of the goods of their potential danger.
These notices show that the CPSO takes a proactive stance in its surveillance of noncompliant consumer goods supplied in Singapore.
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