We’re making a list and checking it twice for unsafe toys this Christmas

Published Friday, 16 December, 2022 at 10:59 AM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

We’re making a list and checking it twice for unsafe toys this Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been inspecting toys to find out which ones are naughty or nice as part of their annual Operation Safe Christmas to identify unsafe toys for sale.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said the OFT identified 17 unsafe toys during this year’s operation.

“Christmas is on our doorstep, and we want shoppers to be on the lookout for unsafe toys when buying gifts,” the Attorney said.

“This year, the OFT inspectors looked at more than 6,700 toy lines across 150 retailers and removed a number of toys, including plush toys, a puzzle and puzzle mat, aquatic toys, portable pools and a yo-yo water ball."

Toys removed from shelves include:

  • Four plush toys containing a zipper which, when opened, exposes the inner stuffing considered to be a choking hazard.
  • One plush toy bear whose eyes became detached during testing and are considered a choking hazard.  
  • Mathematical jigsaw puzzle which included a puzzle piece considered a choking hazard.
  • EVA Foam puzzle mat which did not include the correct warning labelling.
  • Seven aquatic toys which did not include the correct warning labelling.
  • Two portable pools which did not include the correct warning labelling.
  • Monster Yo-Yo water ball which is a banned product and poses a strangulation hazard.

The Attorney said the rise of online shopping means more people are buying presents from overseas sellers.

“It’s important for Queenslanders to know that not all items purchased from overseas are safe or have met Australian safety standards,” she said.

“This can be of particular concern when it comes to products that contain button batteries, contain small parts and high-powered magnets.”

She said that an easy way to remember how to stay safe this Christmas was to keep in mind the six S’s of toy safety:

  • Size – the smaller the child, the bigger the toy should be. Parts smaller than a ping pong ball could choke a child under three years.
  • Shape – be wary of products that could be easily swallowed and have sharp points or edges.
  • Surface – small children will place objects in their mouths so make sure that all materials and finishes are non-toxic.
  • Strings – any strings over 30cm long may pose a strangulation hazard for a small child and should be removed.
  • Supervision – there is no substitute for close supervision by parents and carers.
  • Secure battery compartments - make sure that battery covers are secure and small children cannot access them.

For information on safety standards and product bans, visit www.productsafety.gov.au or www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading

Any concerns about unsafe toys should be reported to the OFT at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

If you suspect your child has swallowed or inserted a button battery, call the Poisons Information Centre immediately on 13 11 26 for 24/7 fast, expert advice.


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