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With greater consumer choice comes greater danger

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With greater consumer choice comes greater danger


Dangerous consumer products taken off the market in Europe have more than doubled in number in the past two years.

The European Commission said 924 dangerous products were reported in 2006. China was indicated as the country of origin in almost half of all cases.

This lab in Hungary puts the items to the test. It stresses the parts — Will motors shut off automatically if there is too much resistance? How fast will materials catch fire? Will products perform realistically? Stefano Soro is head of Product and Service Safety at the Commission.

He said: “The problem with this mini motorbike is that the chain and the sprocket are not protected. It can be a danger for the driver. And the exhaust reaches too high temperatures; It can cause burns.”

The rapid alert system for non-food consumer products (RAPEX) comprises the 27 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Children playing with unsafe toys, causing choking and suffocation were most a risk, the latest report said.

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