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Consumer & Business Advice
20 December 2016

Santa can be satisfied that gifts left under the tree this year are safe for kids, following the completion of a pre-Christmas audit undertaken by SA’s consumer watchdog.

Compliance officers from Consumer and Business Services (CBS) have inspected nearly 100 children’s toys, particularly those aimed at children under the age of three such as rattles and teethers, in the lead up to Christmas.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, George Kamencak, said as part of the inspections, 34 toys were purchased and indicatively tested, resulting in the removal of three products from store shelves.

“Examples such as bath time and vehicle toys, musical instruments for babies, wooden and shape sorter toys, and pull-along animals have been tested to ensure they pass the drop test component of the mandatory safety standard for children up to the age of three,” he said.

The three products that failed indicative testing, meaning they failed to meet relevant product safety standards, and withdrawn from sale were:

  • Wooden Beaded Rattle - a recall has been submitted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Mobile phone toy
  • Baby Rattle - Froggie.

Mr Kamencak said CBS also performed the size and shape test for applicable toys, such as rattles.

“This led to the recall for the Wooden Beaded Rattle, which fully penetrated the test template and could be a choking hazard. The recall was published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Friday,” he said.

There is a dramatic increase in the sale of toys as the festive season approaches and want to have parents feel secure that the toys parents are buying for their children meet the mandatory safety requirements.

“Consumers can be assured that the toys removed from stores were only sold in very small quantities - no more than eight units sold.

“In addition to monitoring children’s toys this season, CBS officers have also begun testing items that contain button batteries - a major safety hazard that can quickly turn tragic.

“Button batteries are small, shiny, thin items that can commonly be found in children’s toys and general household goods that can be easily accessible.

“If they become loose, they can be swallowed by small children who don’t realise the dangers it could cause.

“We want to advise consumers to be vigilant when purchasing goods and services and ensure items purchased are age appropriate. Consumers are encouraged to visit the Recalls Australia website, which provides safety recall information and alerts.”

Consumers with product safety concerns should contact CBS on 131 882 or visit the CBS website.