Thousands of unsafe toys stripped from Christmas shelves
More than 11,000 unsafe toys have been stripped from Christmas shelves after a consumer watchdog blitz, said Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury.
Led by the ACCC, fair trading agencies around the country trawled through more than 94,000 lines of toys from 3,300 retailers.
"After this massive product safety sweep more than 11,000 dodgy toys were taken off Christmas shelves this year," said Mr Bradbury.
"We have very strict mandatory safety standards for toys sold in Australia, and any products that are found to be in breach of those standards are in the firing line.
"Dangerous products can be seized by the authorities and any suppliers who are found to have sold products that are banned or fail to meet the mandatory safety requirements face potential fines of up to $1.1 million."
As a result of the blitz, 16 retailers have been issued with warnings, infringement notices or are subject to court proceedings for supplying non-compliant products.
"Toys were tested for the presence of lead and other heavy metals, small parts that could pose a choking hazard for young children and dangerous projectiles.
"Dangerous toys can pose a real threat to the safety of children and in some cases can lead to serious injury or death.
"Parents should take steps to make sure that the toys their children are playing with are safe. Remember to always read the warning labels, check for small parts and if you have any doubts about the safety of a product, check the national Product Safety website, or contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502."
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