Dorset County Council prosecutes over unsafe solar-powered monkey toy
Dorset County Council has prosecuted a Kent company for producing an unsafe solar-powered monkey toy.
Lesser and Pavey Ltd of Dartford pleaded guilty to three offences under the Consumer Protection Act of supplying the toy monkey which moves when placed in sunlight.
Weymouth Magistrates Court heard that an officer from Dorset County Council's trading standards purchased one of the toys on the internet as part of a project checking the safety of toys.
The toy did not carry a 'CE' mark, meaning it did not comply with toy safety regulations. Similar items were found in Wimborne and East Dorset and failed screen tests.
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An investigation revealed that the company had imported 7,200 toy monkeys, and sold 3,072 of them.
Ivan Hancock, trading standards service manager for Dorset County Council said: "Businesses importing toys play a critical role in ensuring unsafe goods are not sold to UK consumers.
"They are legally responsible for checking that all toys are safe before distributing them, Once sub-standard goods have been sent out, it really is a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
"Where consumers' safety is put at risk by breaches, formal action is always a consideration for us."
A director of Lesser and Pavey Ltd stated that they issued a recall notice for the toys to all retailers once they had heard from trading standards.
He confirmed the company was a large gift-ware importer, but did not usually sell toys and had not taken safety checks into account.
Anyone unsure about toy safety legal requirements should contact Dorset trading standards on 01305 224702.