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'Flashing stick' eye damage warnings

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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Overly powerful laser toys sold at a carnival are being recalled.

Beams from the gadgets are so powerful they can cast light over 100m and could damage retinas, trading standards officers warned.

North Somerset Council confiscated 69 of the toys from six traders at Weston-super-Mare Carnival and asked parents who bought any of the sabres to check them.

The toy's label described it as a "Flashing Stick" with a brand logo of "BL".

The electric toys safety standard requires all lasers in toys to be class 1 (i.e low power).

A light sabre taken from Frome Carnival last month was found to be a far more powerful class 3R device.

The seized toys had no warning labels.

Legally required information includes: the laser class, the output information, and the standard to which the product is classified.

There was no user information and the packaging for the toy did not include further essential legal information – no contact/address details were included.

If parents have bought these toys for their children they should contact Trading Standards on 01275 888802 and ask for their advice or help in disposing of them safely.

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