Written on the 8 December 2017 by Kevin Conolly


A dangerous toy which presents a choking risk to children has been ordered off the shelves in Parklea, Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said today.

Mr Conolly said he had been advised by the Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean that NSW Fair Trading inspectors had identified the toy during a pre-Christmas safety blitz.

This year's pre-Christmas blitz saw NSW Fair Trading inspectors visit 903 businesses across NSW and inspect 10,727 individual products, with a focus on toys aimed at small children, aquatic toys and projectiles. 

Mr Conolly said across the State 41 toys had failed safety testing including the Airlines Flash Electric A380 Air Bus which was found in Parklea (Ed's note: pic attached). Fair Trading ordered the toy plane be withdrawn from sale because it included small parts which could choke a young child.

"All the toys identified in the blitz have been removed from sale and Fair Trading will take immediate action against those traders," Mr Conolly said.

Across NSW, most of the dangerous toys were aimed at children three years and under, with dangerous small parts and choking hazards the most common feature.

Mr Conolly said it was frighteningly easy for a child to break off a small part and choke in minutes. "A child could be severely injured or killed if this happened".

"During their testing, Fair Trading inspectors use a tube the same size as a small child's oesophagus to see if there is a choking risk," he said.

Under Australian Consumer Law, individuals caught selling dangerous toys face a maximum fine of $220,000 while companies can face fines of up to $1.1 million.

Customers who have inadvertently purchased an unsafe toy are entitled to a refund of the purchase price.  If they decide not to seek a refund, they should safely dispose of the toy immediately.

Author: Kevin Conolly


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