Lifestyle

Over 50 toys unsafe and off shelves ahead of Christmas

Qld Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie warns parents about buying banned toys this Christmas.
Qld Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie warns parents about buying banned toys this Christmas. Rae Wilson

WHILE cheap toys may seem attractive this Christmas, Queensland parents have been warned to choose wisely with more than 50 products banned from shelves for safety reasons.

Many have been banned because they come with small parts or could break easily into choking hazards for children aged under three.

Fair Trading officers have inspected more than 2100 product lines across 424 retailers and five importers during Operation Safe Christmas 2012 and pulled 66 suspicious items from shelves.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said 56 had been banned after testing and the rest of the 66 would probably be judged unsafe too.

He said Christmas was one of the busiest times of year for the retail market but it was also unfortunately a time when children could suffer at the hands of unsafe toys manufactured in countries with less stringent safety standards.

"More toys are sold in the three months before Christmas than the rest of the year combined," Mr Bleijie said.

"Unfortunately this tempts non-specialist traders that don't understand safety standards to increase profits by stocking cheap toys during the festive season.

"We're proactively giving the message to parents that they've really got to watch what they buy at Christmas time.

"As a father of three children, I understand the pressure Christmas can put on the family budget and the temptation to buy cheaper alternatives to some of the more expensive toys.

"I urge all parents to take care toy shopping and if in doubt to stick to specialty retailers that generally have comprehensive programs to ensure their products meet safety standards."

Mr Bleijie urged parents to return any banned items.

Parents can conduct their own safety checks on toys against the Five S's of Toy Safety:

Size: the smaller the child the bigger the toy should be (anything smaller than a ping pong ball is too small for a child under three).

Shape: be wary of products that may be easily swallowed or have sharp edges or points.

Surface: make sure all finishes are non-toxic (this should be stated on packaging).

Strings: anything over 30cm is a choking hazard for a small child and should be removed.

Supervision:  nothing replaces close supervision.

For a full list and photos of this year's unsafe toys visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Importers and traders looking for information on toy safety standards and bans should visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or www.productsafety.gov.au.

Topics:  christmas office of fair trading safety smarter shopping state government toys



Raiders' culture club rising in 2017

Tweed Coast have retained the nucleus of their senior side as they push for a top-three finish in 2017.

If we don't get a home semi-final this year we haven't down our job

Gallen honours Mustangs player with moving tribute

Paul Gallen holds up a special Mustangs jersey featuring Grant Cook

'Cronulla are thinking of you and good luck for the future'

Beautiful Terranora acreage

77 Mahers Lane, Terranora.

Check out this week's feature property.

Local Partners

Why Emma Watson turned down Cinderella

Emma Watson in a scene from the movie Beauty and the Beast.

HARRY Potter star has standards when it comes to Disney princesses.

Wonder Woman a ‘disjointed disaster’, says DC insider

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

INSIDER says the much-hyped blockbuster will disappoint.

Kid nails Swift impersonation

Seven-year-old Xia Vigor nails Taylor Swift impersonation on the Philippine talent show Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.

TAYLOR Swift has a seven-year-old doppelganger.

Ariana Grande 'hardest working 23-year-old on Earth'?

Ariana Grande

Not everyone was impressed with Grande’s self-proclaimed work ethic

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Beautiful Terranora acreage

77 Mahers Lane, Terranora.

Check out this week's feature property.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!