Almost 2,000 dangerous consumer products were withdrawn from shops across Europe in 2008.
Alerts and withdrawals of goods rose by 16%, to 1,860, under an EU alert system that came into force five years ago, which allows a faulty product found in one member state to be identified in all EU countries and removed from sale.
If you find something you buy to be dangerous or faulty you are legally entitled to return it for a full refund – see the Which? guide to returning goods for top tips.
Dangerous toys in shops
Toys, cars and electrical goods products accounted for 53% of all withdrawals of goods in Europe.
The toy market had the most number of alerts with nearly 500 articles deemed potentially dangerous to children taken off shelves in 27 countries last year.
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