When toys pose a danger to children

Whether toys can become choking hazards depend largely on their design as well as the age - and behavioural development - of the child playing with them.
Whether toys can become choking hazards depend largely on their design as well as the age - and behavioural development - of the child playing with them.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO
The battery cases in toys like fidget spinners must be secure so that young children cannot open them and remove the batteries, advises Spring Singapore.
The battery cases in toys like fidget spinners must be secure so that young children cannot open them and remove the batteries, advises Spring Singapore.PHOTO: REUTERS

Choking risk a big worry as small parts that come off can end up in kids' mouths

A seemingly harmless plastic ball with colourful rubber knobs and a simple device that you flick to trigger a spin are among the toys that have been recalled from shelves because of the danger they pose to young children.

Last December, Toys 'R' Us Singapore issued a voluntary recall of Bruin Wiggle Ball toys because their rubber knobs and plastic backs can detach, posing a choking hazard to children. And remember the fidget spinner that became a worldwide craze last year? Some models were taken off the shelves in Britain because they were found to have small parts that could pop out easily, also posing a choking hazard.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2018, with the headline 'When toys pose a danger to children'. Print Edition | Subscribe