Christmas is a time for giving and what better way than sending a teddy bear to a young child.
However, please make sure that any product you buy – either from a shop in the high street or on the internet is safe!
Dangerous Christmas gifts of 2008
A host of potential Christmas gifts were collected under a tree by the Trading Standards Institute last year. All were either counterfeit, dangerous, or both.
Some of the Christmas Gifts had electrical faults, while a scooter had sharp edges and its handlebars fell off.
There were Doctor Who fake toys, fake branded goods such as bike jackets, shoes and electric guitars.
However, the biggest concern was with children’s toys.
The bears shown in the picture above are contaminated with lead and chromium and pose a real danger to children at what should be a magical time of year.
US Customs and Border Protection Intercept Dangerous Teddy Bears
In March 2009, the Miami International Airport Trade Enforcement Team seized 3 cartons of merchandise containing teddy bears manufactured in China.
During a routine inspection, the Customs and Border Protection officers noticed that the glass eyes on the bears were not securely attached and that they could become loose, posing a chocking hazard to young children.
16 samples were sent to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for further testing and evaluation where they were found to be in violation of the Federal Hazardous Substance Act for small parts requirements.
On the back of this testing, the entire shipment of 240 bears was seized.
Quality Comes First at Teddy Bear Friends
Buying online from Teddy Bear Friends you can be sure that you are choosing a Christmas gift from a range of only the best quality toys available.
All our products come from top brand manufacturers who pride themselves on passing all the relevant safety marks and quality marks.
We have brought together a selection of our best selling festive gifts to make choosing a Christmas present for 2009 that little bit easier.