Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report - Cyclical Enforcement Project 2018-2019: Toys Regulations

Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Summary

The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and its regulations.   

The purpose of this Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project was to verify industry's compliance of toys with the specific requirements of the Toys Regulations.  

For this project, compliance of select toys with the Toys Regulations was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled relevant products. Compliance with the requirements listed under the Regulations was then verified through testing at the Product Safety Laboratory and by Health Canada inspectors on site for flexible film bags.

Prior to initiating this CE project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to determine the presence of toy companies in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies. 

Over the course of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, mechanical and chemical testing, as well as visual evaluation of 37 different products was carried out. The testing and evaluation resulted in 6 stop sales for non-compliance with labelling requirements and 13 voluntary recalls for non-compliances of greater concern. There were 18 instances where no corrective action was required.

Results

Readers should consult the individual recall and safety notices, if applicable, for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.

Summary of the samples assessed and corrective actions taken during this project
Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
Boom Boom Chems Unicorn Putty Your Dollar Store with More Did not meet the allowable boric acid concentration requirement Voluntary recall by Toy Land Company
Bubble Mania Bubble Dozer Pine & Fancy Sweet Memories Did not meet the small parts requirement Voluntary recall by Exclusive Brands and iSweet
Buckyballs Buckyballs magnet set Imagine+ Small, powerful magnets Voluntary recall by Imagine+
CLS Imports Wooden pull back plane CLS Imports Did not meet the small parts requirement Voluntary recall by CLS Imports  
Color Fantastik Assorted Rubber Animals in Net Bag Dollar Smart Did not meet the small parts requirement Voluntary recall by Siu and Sons Int'l Trading
CTG Brands Inc. Animal cute cartoon set Red Apple No compliance issues detected None
CTG Brands Inc. Friction powered school bus Daiso Did not meet the small parts requirement Voluntary recall by CTG Brands Inc.
Dollarama Target Board Lot 177 Dollarama Did not meet the labelling requirement Stop sale by Dollarama
Dollar Max Depot Dinosaur squeeze ball Dollar Max Depot No compliance issues detected None
Dollar Novelty Barrel-O-Slime Dollar Smart Did not meet the allowable boric acid concentration requirement Voluntary recall by Dollar Novelty (Karapelle Inc.)
Dollar Novelty Lovely princess fashion series wings Dollar Smart Did not meet the labelling requirement Stop sale by Dollar Novelty
Genius Premium Craft Boxes Do it yourself slime kits Genius Premium Craft Boxes Did not meet the allowable boric acid concentration requirement Voluntary recall by Genius Premium Craft Boxes
GO GOP GO BANDS GOOGOO PINKO, Neon Slime with Wristband Aunt Monica's Attic No compliance issues detected None
Great Canadian Dollar Store Lobster toy Great Canadian Dollar Store Did not meet the small parts requirement Voluntary recall by Great Canadian Dollar Store
Great Canadian Dollar Store Magic Mermaid Poop Slime Great Canadian Dollar Store No compliance issues detected None
Happy Running Happy Running Colorful Fish Jester's Fun Factory Did not meet the small parts requirement Voluntary recall by CLS Sales
It's Putty! It's Putty! Very Berry Jouets LOL Toys No compliance issues detected None
Kangaroo Manufacturing Inc. Super cool slime The Freak Lunchbox Did not meet the allowable boric acid concentration requirement Voluntary recall by Kangaroo Manufacturing Inc.
Keenway Pull string bath buddies Playing for Keeps Toys and More No compliance issues detected None
Manhattan Toy Toy truck Vancouver Kids Books No compliance issues detected None
Mattel Canada Inc. Thomas &  Friends – Wood Aquarium cars Everest Toys No compliance issues detected None
Mega Bloks Fast Tracks racing rig MegaBrands No compliance issues detected None
Minyore My Metal Aircraft Assembly Imagine+ Did not meet the small parts requirement Voluntary recall by Imagine+
Montoy Monster Vehicle Dollarama Did not meet the labelling requirement Stop sale by Dollarama
Montoy Drum Dollarama Did not meet the labelling requirement Stop sale by Dollarama
My Products Water Gun-18In Un seul prix $ plus Did not meet the labelling requirement Stop sale by Un seul prix $ plus
Oball Rattle & Roll Toy KidsII No compliance issues detected None
Orb Slimy Elasti Plasti Granville Island Toys No compliance issues detected None
Royal Specialty Sales Slime Imaginius No compliance issues detected None
Silly Gilly's Moldable Liquid Glass Putty Osiris Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Toy Galaxy/Fun & Games Noise Putty Dollar Plus Mille Et Une Trouvailles Inc. No compliance issues detected None
ToySmith/ Great West Wholesale Yellow duck bath toy Village Toy Shop No compliance issues detected None
Unknown Wind-up racoon toys Brin de folie Did not meet the small parts requirement Voluntary recall by Brin de folie
Viking Toys Viking toy truck Woozles No compliance issues detected None
Vtech Go!Go! Smart wheels Mastermind Toys No compliance issues detected None
Yick Chi Gifts and Toys Various Yick Chi Gifts and Toys Did not meet the labelling requirement Stop sale by Yick Chi Gifts and Toys
Zimpli Kids Slime Baff Winners No compliance issues detected None

Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and sampling. Products are not randomly selected but are chosen because they are deemed by the inspector to be more likely to not meet health and safety requirements due to characteristics that are observed.  Due to this biased nature of sampling and the fact that sample sizes within CE projects are very small, the findings of CE projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwise stated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually tested and the specific criteria indicated. Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).

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