Hong Kong Customs issues warning on unsafe bubble blower after safety tests

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16th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs has issued a public advisory regarding an unsafe bubble blower, emphasizing the potential suffocation risks posed by small parts of the toy. Test results conducted by customs officers revealed that the removable lid of the bubble blower failed safety tests, raising concerns about the safety of children who might swallow it. In light of these findings, parents are urged to immediately cease allowing their children to play with the bubble blower, while traders are instructed to remove the product from their shelves.

The safety testing was prompted by a test purchase of a bubble blower model from a retailer. The investigation discovered that the toy lacked the necessary warning labels regarding removable small parts, as required by safety standards. Additionally, the bubble blower did not bear the identification markings and bilingual warnings or cautions mandated by the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (TCPSO).

Following the safety test results, Customs conducted a thorough search of the retailer’s premises but found no other suspected unsafe bubble blowers. Simultaneously, a prohibition notice was served, prohibiting the retailer from further selling the hazardous bubble blower.