The aim of the focus action was to verify compliance with the legal requirements of baby dolls on the Austrian market.
65 samples from all over Austria were examined. 28 samples were objected to (in some cases several times):
- 22 samples were rejected for safety defects:
- two samples due to accessible button cell batteries were judged to be "harmful to health".
- five samples due to banned phthalates in high concentration were judged as "harmful to health
- 15 samples due to detachable or present small parts (e.g. detachable eyelash curls, retaining clips, rubber rings) and accessible filler material. One enclosed doll buggy showed technical defects
- 23 samples due to faulty labeling
- 17 samples due to missing or defective EC declaration of conformity
Toys for children under 3 years of age must not contain small parts or have small parts that detach. An additional requirement concerns, among other things, the safety of the battery compartment: button cell batteries in particular pose an increased safety risk. Swallowed button cells can begin to corrode in the stomach within hours and release heavy metals and corrosive substances.
Certain phthalates may not be present in toys above 0.1 percent by mass.