There is a permanent ban on the sale of inflatable toys, novelties and furniture that have loose beads or small particles inside the product, due to the risk of choking or suffocation for young children.
About the ban
Inflatable toys, novelties or furniture which can be inflated by the mouth and which contain small beads or pellets of material that may be inhaled during inflation or deflation, cannot be supplied in Australia.
Polystyrene beads are an example of the type of bead that, if contained in an inflatable toy, novelty or furniture, would make that item the subject of this ban. Examples of products that would be captured by the ban include:
- inflatable toy hammers
- children’s chairs
- plastic lounges and footstools.
Complying with the ban
Consumer Protection Notice No. 13 of 2011 sets out the requirements of this ban.