Spring Singapore widens its reach to cover furniture and household electrical appliances

Spring Singapore has issued a total of 120 stop-sale notices to major and small retailers which sell children's products in the last two years.

The agency sent over 600 such products for testing during this period for testing to ascertain whether they conform to applicable safety requirements.

Spring Singapore has been stepping up its checks on children's products, such as toys, cots and cribs, strollers, walkers and children's apparel since the Consumer Protection (Consumer Goods Safety Requirements) Regulations took effect in April 2011.

Moving forward, Spring will also be expanding the scope of its surveillance efforts to include even more product categories, such as furniture and household electrical appliances, said the agency in a media release on Monday.

Said Spring's Group Director for Quality & Standards, Mr Steven Tan: "We started off checking children's products because children are vulnerable consumers who need to be protected. These checks have helped us identify potential safety issues and better focus our education and enforcement efforts."

Since April 2011, Spring has received more than 700 enquiries on consumer products through various feedback channels, including a dedicated hotline (1800-773-3163) that makes it convenient for consumers to report unsafe products or make enquiries. Information provided by consumers has aided Spring in conducting about 40 investigations and addressing potential safety concerns proactively, before harm is caused.