Sunday, September 16, 2007

Safe for Kids

With all the buzz in the media about toy safety, I thought it would be a good time to spot-light one brand in particular that has always been safety minded. A few years ago, we had the opportunity to tour the Bruder factory. Bruder is a family owned company and all of their toys are made right there in Germany. We were impressed not only by how clean and well organized the factory was, but also by how toughtful their design processes were. To start with, everything is produced from a high grade of non-toxic UV protected plastic. The production engineer giving us the tour explained the you could literally eat the plastic material and it would not hurt you. Not that it would taste great, but it would be totally harmless. Additionally, all of the colors are in the plastic itself so no painting is ever needed. Bruder gives a lot of attention to detail and play value in their toys. But they are able to do so without compromising safety with small or dangerous parts. If you have a little person on your gift giving list, I would encourage you to consider a high-quality Bruder toy.

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