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Perhaps because of the upcoming Children’s Day, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has taken a good hard look at children’s goods on the Chinese market right now. Unfortunately, the results were pretty spectacularly bad. An eye-opening percentage of children’s shoes, strollers and toys were found to be below standard and even dangerous.
AQSIQ found that with children’s shoes, 14 out of 80 products tested did not meet China’s standard requirements – either they were below quality, wore out super quick, bled their colors or had been made with chemicals like formeldahyde. That’s a failure rate of 17.5%.
It was even worse with strollers, which hovered at a 20% failure rate. The SAQS took a sampling of 110 types of strollers, including 52 kinds of children’s bikes, 6 tricylcles, 15 baby strollers, 12 walking storllers, and 25 other toy vehicles. Out of those, 22 failed: handles would come off, steel folding mechanisms would crack and break, and brakes wouldn’t work.
While toys didn’t fare quite as badly, the possibility of harm was more serious. “Only” 8% of toys tested didn’t meet standard, but their reasons included things like “easily swallowable parts,” “sharp corners” and “excessive amounts of heavy metals such as lead and cadmium.” Ingesting them could equal death. And this is just toys that had gone through official channels.
A follow up by Yangzhou News found that most toys in the market lacked the “3C certification mark,” China’s measure of quality for certain manufactured products. When the reporter asked to see the certification, employees said it had been on packaging that had long been thrown away.
So uh… what does this mean for you? We suppose you should try to stay away from toys, strollers and shoes as gifts for your kid this Children’s Day.