See what toys are not safe to buy this Christmas

Gifts are one thing, but are they safe? Photo: Shutterstock
Gifts are one thing, but are they safe? Photo: Shutterstock

A list of toys has been deemed non-compliant and some banned by the Department of Fair Trading NSW.

In a safety survey running for 10 days in October; 21 Fair Trading Consumer Protection Officers attended 1331 sites and inspected 903 traders. 

Of these traders 846 were found satisfactory, 57 had products that were further investigated.   

The officers examined 10,727 product lines including toys for three years and under, projectile toys and aquatic toys. 

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Thirty-four toys in total were found to be non-compliant. They have been removed from store shelves in the lead-up to Christmas 2017 and enforcement action will follow. 

The toys were taken off the shelves for the following reasons:

  • Labelling
  • Safety aspects related to mechanical or physical properties 
  • Marketed for a child under three years but contain small parts which represent inhalation and ingestion fazard 
  • In projectile toys the safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties 
  • Projectile toys must
    • Pass a kinetic energy test 
    • Have a protective tip that does not detatch
    • Ensure the projectiles do not pose chocking or inhalation hazards 
    • Incapable of discharging any improvised projectiles such as nails or coins
  • Pass a kinetic energy test 
  • Have a protective tip that does not detatch
  • Ensure the projectiles do not pose chocking or inhalation hazards 
  • Incapable of discharging any improvised projectiles such as nails or coins
  • Pass a kinetic energy test 
  • Have a protective tip that does not detatch
  • Ensure the projectiles do not pose chocking or inhalation hazards 
  • Incapable of discharging any improvised projectiles such as nails or coins
  • Toy like novelty cigarette lighters intended to produce a flame or other combustible material and are likely to be appealing to a child under five years of age by appearing like a toy are banned
  • Toys intended to be thrown and returned to the hand consisting of an elastic cord extendable to at least 500 millimeters in length

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