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Battery Level

It is common for toys, premium and gifts, or even greeting cards to be operated by batteries.  However, if children accidentally swallow them, it may cause a serious injury, or even death. According to the data from US, over 3500 accidents of swallowing batteries were reported last year. Over the past 12 months, there were near 40 recall cases in EU. It is highly predicable that the recall trend will continue to rise in related to potential hazard of batteries in consumer products.

In order to minimize the hazards associated with faulty batteries (e.g. leaking, explosion, fire), the new standards require primary, or disposable, batteries or rechargeable batteries supplied with and used in electronic toys to comply with:

  • IEC 60086 for Primary / Disposable Batteries
  • IEC 62133 for Rechargeable Cells and Batteries

Both standards have a list of Reasonably Foreseeable Misuse Testing which the most challenges maybe, for example, “Forced internal short-circuit test”, “Thermal abuse” and “External short-circuit”.

Besides, the IEC 62115:2017 and AS 62115:2018 have set new construction design requirements on battery compartment and door, as well as new warning and safety instruction for using coin cell and button cell.

SGS Hong Kong provides tailored-made new testing services to ensure compliance for all global markets:

For more information, please contact one of our Sales Associates for details!

Independent and innovative, our toy safety experts use state-of-the-art facilities and technology to deliver tailor made added value services that help improve your business. We offer efficient solutions to help safeguard quality, safety and sustainability. 

 

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