Toy and Product Safety Inspections

Published: 
1 Dec 2011

NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts will today release the results of New South Wales Fair Trading’s pre-Christmas checks on toys and electrical and other products.

Where: Parliament House media room (Level 6)

When: 10.30am Thursday 1 December 2011

The NSW Minister will be joined at the event by the General Manager of the Australian Toy Association, Paul Hodgson, who is supporting the Minister’s efforts to keep Christmas 2011 safe and will be announcing the Association’s most popular toys for Christmas 2011.

Mr Roberts said NSW Fair Trading officers had inspected more than 1,000 NSW businesses and markets this year in the lead up to Christmas, checking for toys, electrical and other products that did not comply with Australian standards.

"During these checks, 117 varieties of non-compliant toys were detected, as well as six types of non-compliant electrical products," he said. "Another seven potentially dangerous Christmas related products were also found – five flammable candle wreaths and two novelty lighters in the shape of Santa."

Mr Roberts said officers found one hundred varieties of toys for children aged three years and under that presented a potentially fatal inhalation or ingestion hazard due to small parts.

"Also found were 13 projectile toys with the potential to cause significant eye injury, one aquatic toy that did not carry the required warning on the risk of drowning and three yo-yo balls with cords that presented a strangulation hazard."

Mr Roberts said the unapproved electrical products detected included potentially dangerous power plugs, energy saving lamps, travel adaptors and Christmas decorative lights.

"This year, NSW Fair Trading inspected 28,511 electrical items in 753 shops and markets across the state. Of these, 783 (2.7%) articles were found to be non compliant," he said.

"Shoppers should always look for the approval marks on electrical items and can check them at the NSW Fair Trading website. Overseas approval marks are not acceptable in Australia and consumers should check lights and electronic decorations for faults, worn plugs and frayed cords.

The NSW Minister said all detected dangerous toys and other unsafe products identified during the inspections had been removed from sale and all suppliers were being investigated.

Photographs of all non-compliant products can be found at: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au, and examples of dangerous and non-compliant toys and electrical products will be available for inspection at the media event.

General Manager of the ATA, Paul Hodgson, said the Australian Toy Association fully supported the New South Wales Minister for NSW Fair Trading in his efforts to make this Christmas a safe and happy one.

Contact details

MEDIA: Shane Evans 0408 190 656

For more information on product safety in NSW: visit the NSW Fair Trading website:  www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or call 13 32 20  

More information on product safety and the mandatory safety standards can be found at www.productsafety.gov.au. Australian product recalls are published at www.recalls.gov.au, and you can also follow product safety at the ACCC on Twitter: @ProductSafetyAU.