NSW Fair Trading has commenced its annual pre-Christmas toy safety checks targeting suburbs and towns across the state.
Fair Trading Commission Rod Stowe said discount stores would be a focus as would ‘pop up kiosk’ traders operating in all major shopping centres
“Kiosk traders tend to be direct importers, securing their products via the internet,” he said.
“They generally do not have an established quality assurance system and at times they will sell banned and non-compliant toys.
“Any person found selling toys in contravention of product safety laws can be issued with a $550 penalty infringement notice for each toy sold, or be fined a maximum of $22,000 in the local court.”
Mr Stowe said inspections would commence with at least 150 priority targets and would continue for several weeks.
“A trader education program in May in the Sydney area targeted a range of small businesses selling toys to help them improve compliance,” he said.
“Toy safety is paramount and every year we provide a list of dangerous toys detected in our campaign to help consumers ensure they have not inadvertently purchased an unapproved product.
“I encourage people doing their Christmas shopping to check the Fair Trading website at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au for photographs of dangerous and unsafe toys detected in previous campaigns and use the Fair Trading safe toys checklist when selecting toys.
“You can also call 13 32 20 if you have any concerns about toys you have purchased or been given.”
Information about banned children’s products is available on this website.