Play it safe

We’re committed to making LEGO® products that meet the strictest global requirements, and we never compromise. That’s why we’ve had zero product recalls since 2009.

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Throughout the LEGO Group’s history, people have trusted us to provide safe, high-quality products that meet, and often exceed, toy safety standards around the world. Any new material we use is only approved after a rigorous safety assessment based on the highest standards.

Our product safety is world-class

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First, we assess…

We screen scientific research and legislation for updates, and approve only the safest raw materials for our new elements.

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Then, we test…

We test new LEGO elements and products by sending every individual LEGO element through various chemical, physical, electrical, hygiene and flammability safety assessments and tests.

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Next, we make…

And while we’re producing new LEGO elements, we’re constantly testing for quality and safety, including 3rd-party approval when required.

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Finally, we listen…

And interact with children and parents to get feedback on their play experiences.

Check out our tests

We take quality and safety very seriously and have done so since 1932, living by our motto “Only the best is good enough”. Here are some of the many ways we test LEGO products…

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The Bite Test

We simulate a child biting LEGO DUPLO® elements to ensure nothing breaks off during play. We use a device shaped like a child’s mouth and bite with a force equivalent to 49 pounds (22.5 kg).

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The Impact Test

We drop a 1-kilogram (2-pound) metal disc onto potential weak points on LEGO DUPLO elements from a height of 4.7 inches (12 cm). This is to ensure the element does not break or splinter during play.

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The Compression Test

We simulate a young child stepping on certain LEGO elements by pressing a metal disc with a force equivalent to 33 pounds (15 kg) on the element to ensure that it does not break or splinter during play.

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The Drop Test

We drop the elements from a height of 4 feet (1.5 m) and 3 feet (1 m), respectively, five times onto a hard surface to ensure that LEGO DUPLO and LEGO elements do not splinter or break when a child drops them during play.

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The Full List of Ingredients

We have the full ingredients list of every raw material and decoration ink we use for LEGO elements. We consider whether any additional substance could theoretically be present, for example through unintentional contamination.

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Hazard Classification

We consult official hazard classification databases to check if individual substances have an inherent hazard that a child could be exposed to during play.

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Color Migration

We perform chemical tests where we simulate children subjecting LEGO elements to sweat and saliva. This ensures that no color pigments migrate from the LEGO element when in contact with these fluids.

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Content Analysis

We make a total content analysis to determine that no substances are present above legal limits or internally adopted limits.

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Substance Migration

We also determine that no substance migrates from LEGO elements, at any level of concern, taking into consideration that children could put LEGO elements in their mouth during play.

What are LEGO elements made of?

The LEGO System in Play spans thousands of different elements made from a range of different plastic materials. The type of material used to make an element depends on how it is intended to be used together with other elements.

Some elements need to be sturdy, requiring one type of plastic, while others can be more flexible, requiring another. A window, a lush leaf, an off-road tire or a good old wall of 2x4’s, are all different types of plastic.

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We learn from the best

We gather learnings and scientific developments from institutions and industry associations. For decades, the LEGO Group has held the chairs in the European (CEN) and International (ISO) Toy Safety Standardization Committees.

We also play important roles in the ASTM International Toy Safety Committee in the USA, the Chinese National Technical Committee of Standardization for Toys, and several other national standardization committees, through which we contribute to ensuring high toy safety standards.

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Product safety is important

We want to provide children with the safest possible play experience. That’s why we have a relentless focus on product safety and require our products to pass a series of rigorous internal and external safety tests.

We compile and update safety requirements for toys in every LEGO market and our products are tested to ensure that we comply with and, in many cases, surpass the most stringent global toy safety requirements. These include requirements in European, US and global toy safety standards.

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And online safety is important, too

Play is such a vital way for children to learn and grow. As a brand that’s all about play, we’re dedicated to ensuring it’s safe, whether in the real or the digital world. That’s why we were the first toy company to partner with UNICEF and set new standards in everything we do.

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