Hundreds of hazardous horse toys destroyed

Unsafe toy horses seized at Port of Felixstowe

The internal mechanism was easily accessible on the 520 toy horses deemed unsafe following their seizure - Credit: Suffolk Trading Standards

More than 500 ride-on horse toys have been destroyed after being seized at the Port of Felixstowe and deemed unsafe.

Unsafe toy horses seized at Port of Felixstowe

A shipment of unsafe toy horses was seized at Port of Felixstowe - Credit: Suffolk Trading Standards

The shipment of 520 children's toys was imported from China and bound for a warehouse in Leicester.

Officials said the importer was based in China, but with a London address and no VAT number.

Unsafe toy horses seized at Port of Felixstowe

The horses failed to comply with the essential toy safety requirements - Credit: Suffolk Trading Standards

Although no details were on the record, it is likely that the toys would have been sold on online marketplaces.

The toys were destroyed on February 15 – about a month after arriving at the port and being seized by import surveillance officers.

Unsafe toy horses seized at Port of Felixstowe

The unsafe toy horses were seized at Port of Felixstowe in January and destroyed a month later - Credit: Suffolk Trading Standards

A Suffolk Trading Standards spokesman said: "The horses failed to comply with the essential toy safety requirements, with the internal mechanism easily accessible, meaning that it could be an entrapment or finger crushing hazard.

"The toys were not labelled as required by The Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011. There were no details of the manufacturer or importer, and the toys did not display any appropriate warnings."

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