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    Who to contact if a toy isn't safe??

    Does anyone know the right place to complain about a toy that I don't think is safe? I've contacted the company that sell it, but they've just fobbed me off saying it is safe.

    Any help greatly appreciated...

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    BSA?

    trading standards

    Which toy ?.

    Original Poster

    It's disney's new minnie mouse playfood. The pack that comes with the eggs. On the box it shows it comes with an egg carton for the eggs, but when you open the pack, its just clear plastic packaging they are sitting in. Disney have said that all packaging has been tested to ensure it can pass through a childs hands without injury, and that the see through egg carton is part of the toy, not plastic packaging. But i've got it here in front of me, and it's plastic packaging. I'm not letting my kids play with it, but want to ensure no one elses kids have probs with it.

    Original Poster

    i've spent a fortune in phone calls to them, so looking for an email contact or freephone for another company to seek advice

    plumberman01

    trading standards



    [ tradingstandards.gov.uk/adv…cfm ]

    Consumer information

    ...More detailed information is available through your local trading … ...More detailed information is available through your local trading standards service website. To find your local service use the postcode search at the bottom of the page. For personal help with a problem within the UK you can call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 (minicom users 08451 28 13 84) or visit the Consumer Direct website.If you are a UK consumer having a problem with a trader based in a different European country then there is a special service offering advice and support, the UK European Consumer Centre (UK ECC) which is hosted by the Trading Standards Institute. For general advice please visit the UK ECC online shopping assistant Howard.



    BFN,

    fp.

    sweetexception

    i've spent a fortune in phone calls to them, so looking for an email … i've spent a fortune in phone calls to them, so looking for an email contact or freephone for another company to seek advice



    [ consumerdirect.gov.uk/con…act ]

    BFN,

    fp.

    Was it purchased and intended for use in this country? If so then it would have been approved and undergone safety tests.

    If it is a foreign toy that has been brought into this country then the British safety board have no say on it's safety.

    Original Poster

    yes bought and intended for UK. I think they've put it in as plastic packaging though, and put a picture of egg carton on the outside of the box for show. But when you buy the product you expect to get the egg carton too, not plastic packaging. Who gives their kids plastic packaging to play with??

    As someone who has worked for a Disney manufacturer before.. I can almost guarantee that the Disney License would not allow any factory in China to produce goods for them that have not passed an SGS audit and have failed EN71 testing parts 1 2, & 3 as well as the additional Toy Safety Directive.

    sweetexception

    yes bought and intended for UK. I think they've put it in as plastic … yes bought and intended for UK. I think they've put it in as plastic packaging though, and put a picture of egg carton on the outside of the box for show. But when you buy the product you expect to get the egg carton too, not plastic packaging. Who gives their kids plastic packaging to play with??



    Box displays are often an artistic representation of the contents............the only thing you can do if not satisfied is ask for a refund.

    Where did you buy it OP?

    mumbojumbo

    OK. Found it. It's the breakfast … OK. Found it. It's the breakfast set:http://www.disneystore.co.uk/toys-games-minnie-mouse-breakfast-set/p/34347/300014/



    Nice find.

    OP, it even states plastic packaging so you are to blame really for not reading the description.

    Syzable

    Nice find. :)OP, it even states plastic packaging so you are to blame … Nice find. :)OP, it even states plastic packaging so you are to blame really for not reading the description.



    i dont think it is clear on the description that the egg box is packaging?
    states size of packaging but isnt that overall size?
    pic is misleading i would say, should say egg carton is packaging if it is.

    Banned

    inb4 the busy body.

    Without seeing the front of the box (where you say it shows a carton), its a bit difficult to tell.

    Im assuming with these: "four yoghurt pots that separate from a plastic holder" - the plastic holder is a proper holder intended for playing with, thicker, durable plastic etc.. Where as the clear plastic egg packaging seems just that, packaging.. something to hold the 4 eggs and keep them together/stop you losing the top or bottom?

    Original Poster

    bought it instore and the picture on the box differs from the one on the web link posted above.I think they've made a mistake on the actual box it comes in, by showing that the eggs should be in a toy egg carton. The clear one on the picture on the link is flimsy plastic packaging, i have it here.

    My point isnt that I want a refund, my point is that disney shouldn't be telling kids to play with plastic packaging.

    Syzable - most toys come in plastic packaging, I dont have to read that on a website to find that out... but all toys say to dispose of plastic packaging before giving to a child.

    Original Poster

    Thanks Nikki999... you've got my point exactly! :o) Spot on with the yoghurt description as well :o)

    Man, this thread just made me think id hate to be a kid again these days. Heath and safety gone mad! Parents nowadays seem to be wrapping their kids in cotton wool. I loved my childhood including the bumps cuts and scrapes along the way.

    callum84

    Man, this thread just made me think id hate to be a kid again these days. … Man, this thread just made me think id hate to be a kid again these days. Heath and safety gone mad! Parents nowadays seem to be wrapping their kids in cotton wool. I loved my childhood including the bumps cuts and scrapes along the way.



    my kids only ever played with the packaging lol

    sweetexception

    bought it instore and the picture on the box differs from the one on the … bought it instore and the picture on the box differs from the one on the web link posted above.I think they've made a mistake on the actual box it comes in, by showing that the eggs should be in a toy egg carton. The clear one on the picture on the link is flimsy plastic packaging, i have it here. My point isnt that I want a refund, my point is that disney shouldn't be telling kids to play with plastic packaging.Syzable - most toys come in plastic packaging, I dont have to read that on a website to find that out... but all toys say to dispose of plastic packaging before giving to a child.



    Can you show us a pic of the box? Not that I don't believe you, Im just nosy!

    I think ringing and emailing is pointless tbh, I think more people have success with writing letters and sending them to H.O. Otherwise you end up wasting your time on the phone with people who don't have a clue.. nor care. The letter will carry more weight anyway.
    Ive only ever complained once, normally I don't bother (maybe I should do it more often!? lol). I bought a hot water bottle from Asda and it split down one of the seams, it basically scolded my leg so I wrote a letter, prior to that I gave them a ring but they couldn't give a monkeys (mind you, asda C.S is dire anyway).

    In the meantime just take it back (take some piccies though if you're going through with a complaint), or bin the egg thing and put the eggs in proper egg box.

    Whats wrong with kids playing with the plastic cover/box ???.............unless its sharp or made of glass ........oO

    what isn't safe about it?
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