Quality control on High-risk items: Children’s toys

Quality control on High-risk items: Children’s toys

 Quality control on High risk items: Childrens toys

When importing goods that will be used by small children, risk is at an all-time high. Accountability is on the importer if a child were to get injured or sick from using your product. Using proper precautions to secure your supply chain will surely save you down the road. Starting with a Factory Audit assessment is key to ensure that you are dealing with the proper supplier in the first place. Afterward, using Product Inspections and Laboratory Testing are a must.

Recently, I had a client importing plush stuffed toys and wanted to know what the defect standards followed were, and what steps they should take. Like I explained in the article, Major/Minor/Critical defects: what are they? , what qualifies as each defect varies from client to client, but in the case of stuffed toys, the standards are more stringent.

  • While a small hole of less than 1cm could be a minor defect on a piece of textile, in this case it would be considered a major defect. A hole of more than 1 cm would be considered a critical defect, as a child could easily pull out the stuffing and swallow it.

During a typical inspection of this kind of product, our inspector could perform the following checks:

  • Pull test on different parts and seams
  • Metal detection test
  • Internal stuffing check

These tests are of paramount importance, but you may wish to perform alternative tests outside the factory at a laboratory. It is common to check for lead, cadmium, and much more depending on the material type and your country’s regulations.

As you can see, there are a lot of aspects to consider when sourcing such high risk products like children’s toys. While you have many decisions to make, one that is not negotiable is the need for proper Quality Control.

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14 thoughts on “Quality control on High-risk items: Children’s toys

  1. These are some good reminders, David and further spotlights why importers need sound QC eyes and ears.  Just like taking care of a child…QC for a child is extremely detailed.  

  2. These are some good reminders, David and further spotlights why importers need sound QC eyes and ears.  Just like taking care of a child…QC for a child is extremely detailed.  

  3. Millions of toys are out there, and hundreds of new ones hit the stores each year. Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child’s development. But each year, scores of kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. Choking is a particular risk for kids ages 3 or younger, because they tend to put objects in their mouths.Millions of toys are out there, and hundreds of new ones hit the stores each year. Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child’s development. But each year, scores of kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. Choking is a particular risk for kids ages 3 or younger, because they tend to put objects in their mouths.

  4. Millions of toys are out there, and hundreds of new ones hit the stores each year. Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child’s development. But each year, scores of kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. Choking is a particular risk for kids ages 3 or younger, because they tend to put objects in their mouths.Millions of toys are out there, and hundreds of new ones hit the stores each year. Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child’s development. But each year, scores of kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. Choking is a particular risk for kids ages 3 or younger, because they tend to put objects in their mouths.

  5. Parents should always be responsible enough in criticizing children’s toys because it might cause a bigger problem especially for kids’  health.

  6. Parents should always be responsible enough in criticizing children’s toys because it might cause a bigger problem especially for kids’  health.

  7. Do you have a list of the top ten heavy industry items being
    produced in China right now? It would also be interesting to learn how
    they evolved into each area.

    Thanks,
     kids toy shops

  8. Do you have a list of the top ten heavy industry items being
    produced in China right now? It would also be interesting to learn how
    they evolved into each area.

    Thanks,
     kids toy shops

  9. your blog is very important. That will give all the mother out there to be more cautious on selecting toys for their children especially those toys that has higher content of toxic chemicals.

  10. Children’s toys have a big of their development. We are aware that there are toy’s  out in the market containing harmful chemical that can be danger in our child’s health. But government are doing their best to confiscate those products.

  11. I do believe that all the toys in the world should pass first the quality control before they are release in the market to avoid incident like poisoning of kids. It usually happen because kids love to swallow their toys.

  12. I do believe that all the toys in the world should pass first the quality control before they are release in the market to avoid incident like poisoning of kids. It usually happen because kids love to swallow their toys.

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