‘Ho, Ho, NO’ to unsafe Christmas toys

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has revealed the results of its proactive Christmas toy safety campaign Operation Safe Christmas 2018.

OFT is pleased with the level of compliance and understanding of product safety laws shown by most stores.

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Of the 4,968 toy lines inspected state-wide, only six had to be removed from the shelves for safety reasons.

This included two toy machine guns which both shot projectiles with too much force and had protective suction caps that detached, creating a potential choking hazard. The third toy was a fabric giraffe that could release small parts, also creating a potential choking hazard for children under three years old.

The OFT also seized three toys that did not have the correct safety labeling to inform parents and carers about the safe use of the products and these included a bow and arrow set and two types of foam mat.

Adrian Roudenko, Consumer Product Safety Manager at the Office of Fair Trading, says overall, they are pleased with what they have found in the lead up to Christmas this year.