Ahead of Christmas, Australian parents are being warned about cheap and potentially dangerous stocking stuffer toys that could pose a deadly hazard to young children.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reminding families to make sure none of their gifts have been recalled.
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ACCC Vice Chair Delia Rickard told Sunrise that parents also need to make sure new Christmas toys for their children are age-appropriate.
“Children under the age of three don’t have a toggle mechanism and can easily choke,” she explained.
“Check that the gifts are age appropriate, even if your child is a genius, if (the toy) is (for children) under the age of three, don’t buy it.
Rickard said the consumer watchdog has a choke-check cylinder that can be used to determine if toys pose a choking hazard.
“Use a choke-check cylinder, if a toy fits in it, don’t use it, and read and follow safety warnings,” she said.
“If the toy fits in here, you know it’s not safe.
“It’s not just kids, even your pets with some of these tiny balls, they can be dangerous.”
But it’s not just fun new toys that can pose a risk for young Australians, says Rickard, as many Christmas decorations can also be dangerous.
“Kids love things that are sparkly and flashy… but the small parts are a hazard, so take a minute and check it out with the choke test… and if it’s small enough to fit in there, then it’s not up to the.” tree.” She said.
“There are cute button battery decorations that are not adequately included.
“We know a small child… a button battery (if swallowed) will eventually kill them.
“So be careful and visit the safety products website and see if anything has been recalled.”
Rickard explained that many gifts from Kris Kringle or less expensive stocking fillers can often be cheap – and therefore poorly made – products.
Fair Trading Australia has advised parents to do the following when reviewing new toys:
- Read the labeling of a new toy carefully
- Check toys regularly for loose parts that may pose a choking hazard
- Make sure there are no gaps or holes that could pinch children’s fingers
- Check magnetic toys for loose magnets
- Look for toys with sharp edges or rough surfaces
For more information on toy safety or to check if a toy is safe for a child, Fair Trading Australia has the full list of advice on its website.
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