Recall and warning on Smile Face Puffer Ball

14 Jul 2011

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning consumers about the national recall of a yo-yo ball, Smile Face Puffer Ball, supplied to toy stores, newsagencies, post offices, independent gift stores, amusement centres and vending machines in NSW, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland from March 2011 to June 2011.

“Anyone who may have purchased one of these yo-yo balls should immediately remove it from children and either destroy it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund,” he said.

Yo-yo balls pose a risk of strangulation as the cord can stretch to wind around a child’s neck and cause choking.

The supply of yo-yo water balls and similar products with an extendable cord of 500mm or more is restricted under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

NSW Fair Trading negotiated the recall of the yo-yo ball, which was supplied by Kratlar Pty Ltd, trading as Elka Australia.

“In May this year, Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) conducted inspections of a number of traders in the Gippsland area,” he said.

“Inspectors detected and confiscated a number of suspected unsafe products from retailers including 21 yo-yo balls.

“CAV followed the chain of supply to Elka Australia, a company based in NSW and referred

the matter to NSW Fair Trading, who contacted the company, resulting in the immediate removal of the product from sale.”

Mr Stowe said Elka Australia has advised Fair Trading that approximately 936 units had been supplied across NSW, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland.

Details of the recall have been registered on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s recall website.

Elka Australia advised it would place product recall notices in all of the stores that it supplied, advising consumers to cease using the product and to either destroy it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

NSW Fair Trading is continuing its investigations into the supply of the product by Kratlar and will take appropriate enforcement action when the investigation is completed.

Mr Stowe said the recall demonstrated the importance of all national regulators working closely to protect consumers under the national product safety regulatory framework.

Contact details

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