Be on the safe side with tested products
Particularly when it is about children, manufacturers of toys, children's clothes or children's strollers and buggies should be fully aware of their responsibility. The goal should be to manufacture products which do not contain contaminated substances or substances which pose a danger to health. The fact that this is not always heeded has alone been demonstrated by explicit testing carried out by the German consumer organisations Stiftung Warentest and Öko-Test. However, in order for a company to sustainably eliminate harmful substances from its own product range, it needs to take the initiative itself. Controls are better than trust alone in this case. The stroller and buggy manufacturer Trend for Kids (TFK) is a role model when it comes to this. The company regularly carries out tests because it wants to detect any possible harmful substances in its own products.
TFK demonstrates responsibility and self-initiative: All products are regularly tested
The basis for the respective test is the European Toy Safety Directive including the Toy Safety Standard DIN EN71, which defines the respective limit values for many harmful substances. Analogue to these instructions, TFK also tests the substances used for heavy metals, plasticisers and hydrocarbons; in addition to this, the flammability and fastness to perspiration are also examined. Besides the fabrics used, all plastics are also tested for heavy metals, plasticisers and hydrocarbons. It can almost be said that heavy metals in particular are "hunted". This is because fabrics and plastics can ultimately be sources of exposure for heavy metals. This is important due to the fact that increased levels of lead can influence the intelligence development of children. Arsenic on the other hand can be a contributory factor in critical changes to the skin and the development of cancer. It is for this reason that all TFK products are intensively tested for heavy metals in accordance with the directive EN71-3.
Heavy metals and plasticisers in particular are extremely hazardous to health.
Plasticisers are regarded as being particularly dangerous for children. Plasticisers such as the extremely harmful DEHP can damage the ability to procreate as well as result in development disorders. TFK tests the volume of phthalates contained in fabrics and plastics on the basis of the directive SAA2.5.L145. Due to the fact that hydrocarbons are also listed on the index of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), a corresponding test is also included on the obligatory test programme carried out by TFK; the basis for these tests is the ZEK 01.4-08 method.
Dyes, fastness to perspiration as well as the flammability are also focussed on by TFK.
The volume of dyes is also controlled (Foods, Consumer Goods and Feedstuffs Code (LFBG B-82.02)). The dye quinoline yellow as well as the so-called azo dyes are regarded as being especially hazardous to health. The consumption or absorption of dyes such as these by children can lead to attention-deficit disorders, concentration problems or hyperactivity. The tests initiated by TFK are rounded off by detailed controls of the fastness to perspiration with respect to the colour fastness (LFGB B82.10-01) as well as the flammability (EN71/9-11), which serves as the gauge for how easily a respective fabric catches fire.
With its high degree of responsibility and self-initiative, Trends for Kids continually sets new standards and shows exactly why TFK is one of the leading manufacturers of strollers and buggies.