Europe: warning, these Angry Birds CAN KILL KIDS
Rip-off plushies trigger alert
The Europan Commission has issued a stern warning: some Angry Birds could kill a child.
No, we're not talking about the insanely popular videogame but a set of knock-off plush toys loosely based on the argumentative avians and being catapulted into Europe from China.
Nothing to do with Rovio's mobile game
Say the toy-testing Eurocrats: "The product poses a risk of choking as the suction cup is too small and may obstruct the airway of a child."
And that's not all. The plushie also "poses a chemical risk as it contains the plastic part of the suction cup contains 29 per cent by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)".
The sucker is a choking hazard
The EC also sounded the alarm over an ersatze BlackBerry "mobile telephone". It's also a fake, but it also "poses a risk of damage to hearing because the A-weighted emission sound pressure LpA is between 93.1–93.4dBA. The A-weighted emission sound pressure level for toys used close to the ear should not exceed 80dB".
Not a real BlackBerry
Take care in pound shops and car-boot sales, folks. ®
Thanks to Susan Watkins for the tip
Dr Ashen is dicing with death with all the chemical soaked, knock off crap he comes into contact with.
And the difference is?
Printing a kitemark is only marginally more complicated than printing "CE" in sans serif letters. So I don't see how it helps... Even if you give each product a unique identifier, a knockoff can have the correct identifier and still be a knockoff.
But industry mouthpiece indeed. We'd prefer to fit some modern insulation -- cheaper, faster to install, thinner, and better insulating than the kitemarked standard. We can't as the BCO won't accept non-kitemarked kit, and it's indeed Foreign Made [the horror!] so it won't get the mark. Kitemark it and another UK company would go bankrupt, but really why would you want to support an obsolete products?
I came here to post this too. We need to get these to Stuart Ashen for immediate investigation.
Please note the completely effing useless "CE" sticker on the plushie.
Bring back the BSI Kitemark as a proper standard, and not a toothless old mouthpiece for UK industry.
PS, Rumours have it that the email system on the fake Blackberry actually WORKS (unlike the real thing).
Chemicals, too loud, and an obvious trademark infringement.