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Failures and Fixes

Failures and Fixes

Failures and Fixes

Firstly well done for reaching testing stage! This is an achievement! Occasionally when testing you might come across bumps which need some rethinking in your toy design, its all a learning curve, and you will feel much better for knowing that your toy failed so you can address the issue, rather than if you hadn’t tested at all.

Flammability firstly are you sure its a fail? If you toy did not catch light within the allotted time, its actually a 2015-04-06 16.38.00pass, if you had to hold your flame on longer to make it catch light, or hold it closer etc, its still a pass even if you carried on to find the burn rate. Also double check your calculations. speed = distance/time.

Fixes: There are a few things which affect burn rates, firstly pre-washing your fabric can slow your burn rate down considerably, this is due to the starch etc they put on new fabrics too keep the crease free. So if you didn’t pre-wash, you may want to try that.

If your toy failed flammability you’ve little choice but to make some decisions, your fabric has burnt too fast, so the question is how can you slow that down? it may mean you need to rethink your fabric choices, artificial fabrics don’t tend to burn as fast as cotton(or sometimes vice versa!) or possibly even your stuffing choices, stuffing can slow down burn rates, sheep’s wool stuffing doesn’t burn easily, or something unstuffed will likely burn fast than something stuffed, so you might wish to play around with what may work.

Tension and Torque – Tension tests are easy to fail, but usually easy to fix.

Did it actually fail?  If you were retesting your toy on the same seam as you tested prewashing and that’s when it broke, then there’s a good chance that actually if you were to use a new test toy, that seam won’t have been weakened by the weights in the first place.  Try again with a new test toy post washing.

did the seam break but no stuffing is accessible? If you can’t get to any small parts or stuffing then its still a pass, though for quality control you may still want to rethink.

Fixes: things such as doubling your thread up, choosing a stronger thread, or double stitching are usually the answer for seam breakages. If your fabric has ripped you may want to rethink your fabric choice, or consider lining or interfacing to help (though this may alter flammability). For eyes failure, check out the safety eyes post, or choose another eye type.

Loops and Lengths

Did it fail? Always double check for your age range what the rules are, as different ages allow different amounts of cord. Check out the cords wiki if you are a member, and the cords blog.

Fixes: You may need to shorten your cords, alter your design or add breakaway points which bring your cords into the required lengths

Small parts cylinder –

IMG_2230eDid it actually fail? Items made of felt and unstuffed fabric, unless they have a knot in them or something that causes them to be more likely to be choked on, don’t class as a small part, so if you tested a stitched bow and it came off, as long as its all fabric, and not knotted, its still a pass.

To fail the small parts cylinder it must be able to be dropped completely into the cylinder, so that if you were to cover the top of it, the item would be completely enclosed. if its sticking out of the lower part of the cylinder, it may still be a pass (though you may want to increase the size still to be on the safe side)

Fixes: There’s only one solution to this one – a scale up in size so it no longer fits. However depending on your toy design it may be possible to add a warning for small hard parts if the toy is unsuitable for children under three years, though the criteria for this is tricky.

Play Figures Test

If you’re testing your peg dolls from scratch rather than using our results, you may be performing this test.

Did it fail? To fail the play figures test the peg doll would be smaller than 64mm, and go through rounded end first of the template B test for play figures, as most peg dolls do go through that cylinder easily its the length of the peg dolls which is paramount to this. img_7919

Fixes: Change the size of the peg doll for a larger one,  or consider warnings if your toy may fit the under 3s category.


Remember its down to you to be sure your comply with all the necessary EN71 standards for your toy. If in doubt, contact your trading standards or a lab.

Hopefully this will troubleshoot any testing fails you’ve had and bring your toy to pass next time around! good luck!

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