Six ‘unsafe toys’ taken off Qld shelves ahead of Christmas

SIX potentially dangerous toys have been removed from shelves following The Office of Fair Trading’s annual toy safety blitz.

Operation Safe Christmas has wrapped up for another year, with 4,968 toy lines inspected across the state in the lead up to the festive season.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Office of Fair Trading was pleased with the overall level of compliance and understanding of product safety laws shown by most stores, with only six toys removed from shelves.


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“Of the 4,968 toy lines inspected, only six had to be removed for safety reasons,” Mrs D’Ath said.

Two of the products that were removed included toy machine guns which both shot projectiles with too much force and had protective suction caps that detached, creating a potential choking hazard.

Another toy was a fabric giraffe that could release small parts, also creating a potential choking hazard for children under three-years-old.

Mrs D’Ath said three toys that did not have the correct safety labelling were also seized.

“These toys – a bow and arrow set and two types of foam mat – may be returned to sale if the Office of Fair Trading is satisfied the suppliers have rectified the products so the labelling requirements of the safety standards are met,” she said.

The six products removed from Qld shelves include:

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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