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RoSPA continues to be amazed (and disappointed) at the number of product recalls across the UK and the rest of the world. It has been reported that the number of products recalled in the UK rose in 2010 to a new high. There were 229 product recalls during the 12 months before November 2010; this was an increase from 149 recalls during the 12 months running up to November 2005. Most of the highest-profile recalls in recent times have featured cars, such as Toyota.
Recalls for toys and other children's products, like September 2010's Fisher-Price recall, also tend to make the news. Many of these toys have been made in China, suggesting that although China is aiming to improve standards, its compliance problems are still present in some areas. This has led the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to open its first overseas office in Beijing. The CPSC hopes that this presence will help to reduce the number of unsafe products reaching the US market - and hopefully the UK will see the benefits too. For the latest product recall information please follow this link: www.tradingstandards.gov.uk