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That it is cute this fire truck ... Too soft, this soft toy ... While these criteria are important, but do not settle for it! The safety of toys premium.
1. CE marking
- It is mandatory to certify that the manufacturing meets the careful rules of design and choice of materials.
- Good to know : watch out for long-haired fluff and pull "on". Too many of them lose their hair.
2. The NF Early Childhood Mark
- More demanding than the European regulations, it certifies that the manufacturer has had the LNE (National Testing Laboratory), which issues this mark, carry out the safety checks provided for by the regulations, as well as the verifications of suitability for use ( durability of the toy, for example) and consistency of the quality of production, imposed to obtain this label. Unfortunately, for the moment it concerns only a few toys: porters and tricycles, garages and small cars, school boards, some age-old and outdoor toys.
- Good to know : check yourself a number of points. For example, no toys with a diameter of less than 3.7 cm and no cords longer than 30 cm on airplanes or music boxes.
3. "Not suitable for children under 36 months"
- Affixed to the packaging of a toy, it means that it does not meet the regulatory safety standards for this age group (presence of too small parts, for example).
- Good to know : only purchase toys with the manufacturer's or importer's details. It is a guarantee of seriousness compared to many counterfeits. For more information, visit www.lne.fr.
Safia Amor with the collaboration of Céline Guffroy, LNE (National Testing Laboratory).