Worry dolls feared a safety hazard by trading standard chiefs.
 
The tiny little toys which are said to take away children’s worries at bedtime have sparked fears that they could be a choking hazard.
 
The miniature dolls apparently made by Guatemalan peasants are meant to be put under a child’s pillow so that they can sleep soundly at night.
 
However, when Leicestershire Trading Standards performed a routine test on four dolls, they found they failed basic safety tests. Due to their small size a child could potentially put them in their mouth and choke. They also have sharp points.
 
The dolls are available over the internet and spokesperson for Trading Standards, David Bull, said: “Three of the four dolls we tested failed to comply with toy safety regulations. The dolls posed a choking hazard for young children and some were made with thread wrapped around sharp wires. There was also inadequate labelling to warn consumers about the risks the toy posed to very young children. All these products have been removed from sale by the suppliers.”
 
The dolls are meant to be taken away once the child falls asleep so that when they wake up all their worries will be gone.

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