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Office of Fair Trading delivers on toy safety

11 December 2017

The Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) annual statewide toy safety check Operation Safe Christmas 17 has wrapped up, with five product lines removed from shelves permanently.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said the toys removed from shelves included three aquatic products, one projectile toy and one plush toy.

“Fair Trading officers inspected 3378 product lines at 228 retailers across Queensland from August to November to ensure products offered for sale comply with safety standards,” Mr Bauer said.

“An additional seven product lines suspected to be non-compliant have also been removed from shelves while they undergo additional testing.

“These included three projectile toys and four toys for children up to, and including, 36 months of age.”

The OFT has also removed from Queensland shelves one portable pool and 15 aquatic products which did not comply with labelling requirements of the relevant mandatory safety standards. These products may be returned to sale if the OFT is satisfied the suppliers have rectified the labelling of the products to ensure the requirements of the safety standards are met.

“The Queensland climate is ideal for celebrating Christmas in the pool, but anyone buying or using aquatic toys or a portable pool needs to do so safely,” Mr Bauer said.

“We want Queenslanders to have an enjoyable, and most importantly, safe time, which includes checking products are safe, but also following any instructions carefully.

“Parents and caregivers should always remember that young children need to be supervised by a responsible adult around water and when using toys.”

Product lines removed from sale, as well as product safety advice is available online at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading.

The OFT wishes Queenslanders a very safe and happy holiday period.

Toy name and descriptionReason for noncomplianceImage

Anker Art Light Up LED Helicopter.
Toy is designed to be launched into the air so the arrow shaft drops down with its tail spinning, like a helicopter toy.

Product failed mandatory safety standard for projectile toys. 

Aspiria Australia Pty Ltd — Crane Sports Inflatable Pegasus and Flamingo.
Crane Sports jumbo novelty inflatables shaped like a flying horse (Pegasus) or a flamingo.

Product labelling is not compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Standard for Flotation Toys and Aquatic Toys.
Aussie swim ringProduct labelling is not compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Standard for Flotation Toys and Aquatic Toys. 
Pokemon plush toyReleases small parts which are a choking hazard for young children.