Havering residents warned of risk of counterfeit toys

RESIDENTS are being warned to be wary of buying counterfeit toys in the run up to the Christmas season.

Havering Council are urging the residents to take extra care after their officers recently seized a number of fake toys in the borough including counterfeit versions of Scooby Doo and Ben Ten toys.

Councillor Lesley Kelly, Cabinet member for Public Protection, said:“If you shop at well-known reputable stores then you should have nothing to worry about - but if you are not sure where a toy has come from then it is better to be safe than sorry.

“If the prices of products seem too good to be true then beware.

“Your supposed bargain may give you more than you’ve bargained for.”

Over the years, Council trading standards officers have seized hundreds of fake toys including counterfeit Barbie scooters, Winnie the Pooh toys, Thomas the tank Engine, Incredible Hulk action figures, model cars with high levels of lead in the paint, and furry animals which had small parts that could choke a child.

Faulty GHD hair straighteners that could pose a risk of fire and give users an electric shock have also been found.

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During difficult economic times consumers may be tempted to buy branded products at knock down prices but consumers could be unaware they are putting the health and safety of their friends and family at risk.

Toys are made to strict safety standards but counterfeit items often fail these.

The best advice is to only buy from a reputable retailer.

Consumers should also look out for goods with poor quality or faded packaging, spelling errors or unusual fonts as these could indicate counterfeit items.

Anyone who believes that they have bought counterfeit or unsafe products should contact the Council on 01708 433484.