Crackdown on ‘dangerous’ toys ahead of Christmas rush

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Aussie parents have been warned against purchasing potentially dangerous and deadly children’s toys being sold ahead of Christmas.

Inspectors from NSW Fair Trading have launched their latest operation, visiting businesses with a history of selling non-compliant toys.

Minister Victor Dominello said it was the “number one focus” of the organisation this Christmastide.

“The number one focus of NSW Fair Trading this Christmas is to keep children safe by removing dangerous toys from sale, which is why our inspectors are combing the market for toys and other products which could cause harm,” Mr Dominello said.

Camera IconBusinesses selling non-compliant toys will be targeted Credit: istock

“We find the majority of non-compliant toys are manufactured overseas and imported directly into the country by either retailers or wholesalers.”

Individuals found to have breached the mandatory safety standards could be fined up to $500,000.

Meanwhile, corporations could face a hefty $10m penalty.

Toys which are considered dangerous by NSW Fair Trading including those where removable batteries aren’t properly fitted with a child resistant cover and secured by a locking device.

Small parts presenting a choking hazard are also considered dangerous.

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Camera IconNSW Fair Trading Minister Victor Dominello issued the warning on Sunday. NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short Credit: News Corp Australia

Toys and puzzles containing small, high powered magnets which could be lethal to children if swallowed, are banned from sale.

Mr Dominello said projectile toys should only be used with adult supervision.

In 2021, NSW Fair Trading paid a visit to 203 traders and inspected 840 individual products targeted at children.

Only eight dangerous toys were identified and removed from shelves, down from 24 stripped from the shops in the 2018 pre-Christmas checks.

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