Child-appealing design and child safety

Published: 8 March 2010

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Product Safety Legislation

The safety of consumers, especially children, is of great concern to Orgalime and the industries it represents. Consequently, Orgalime members promote the use of the LVD guidelines among their members who are manufacturers of electrical products used in households.

Given the fact that nearly every product can be, in one way or another, appealing for a child due to its colours, sound and shape, we support the EMARS II task to provide a common understanding among market surveillance authorities of the conditions where the child-appealing character of an electric household appliance could increase the risks for children.

The project and the envisaged study to be performed by a research institute should take due account of the customer and domestic environment, of the age of the child and of the normally foreseeable parental supervision.

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