Dangerous toys destroyed for a safer Christmas

Consumer Affairs Victoria inspectors seized more than 39,000 items in the 2013/14 financial year, including 26,000 non-compliant toys that breached safety standards.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Heidi Victoria said toy sales soar closer to the Christmas period so it is paramount that products available for sale comply with safety standards and do not pose any risks to children.

This year’s confiscated toys include:

  • toys for children under three years old, which can break into small parts and pose a choking hazard;
  • projectile toys, which can injure children’s eyes;
  • lead-based face paints that can cause poisoning; and
  • toy-like novelty cigarette lighters.

In 2013-14, Consumer Affairs Victoria inspected 887 shops, businesses and warehouses to ensure product safety compliance under the Australian Consumer Law.

“Under Australian Consumer Law, a supplier who fails to comply with a mandatory safety standard can face fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for a body corporate,” said Ms Victoria.

Anyone with concerns about product safety issues can contact Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81 or visit www.consumer.vic.gov.au.

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