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More than 10,000 unsafe toys have been seized in the lead up to Christmas.

In Victoria, 400 toy traders have been inspected and thousands of dangerous projectiles, household cots, and items that may cause choking were taken off the shelves, shares Yahoo.

One toy seized as potentially hazardous is a rubber fish with a battery inside.

“For a child under three, that would just get lodged straight in their oesophagus,” Kidsafe Victoria president Erica Edmands said.

“I’m surprised to see so many dodgy toys, despite the efforts every year that Consumer Affairs make.”

The biggest surprise on the list are pool toys, with fears poor quality and foreign labelling could cause drownings.

“What stands out to me this year is that we’re still seeing a lot of aquatic products that are non-compliant that we have to seize,” Consumer Affairs Victoria’s Matthew Sargeant said.

Experts are warning parents to check all toys before buying them this Christmas.

If you’re rushing with last minute Christmas shopping, take time to check that gifts for little ones are age appropriate and don’t pose choking hazards.

Be sure to read any warning labels and follow all safety instructions.

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  • Although it might be wise to check all toys before buying them, how in the world is that possible when they’re in their packaging ? You can’t open the packaging before buying….
    Only thing you can do is check as soon as you open the packaging and keep the receipt.

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  • Thanks for the heads up.

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  • Buying known brands eliminates many of these problems.

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  • Better to spend a little more for quality products indeed. Some toys could be very harmful to kids.

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  • Great that we have regulation and seizing of these toys. Always only buy toys that are age appropriate too.

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  • This is a real worry indeed.

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  • Always check the appropriate age on the box!

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  • Yes common sense, sometimes we shouldn’t just assume because someone has made it for kids, it’s ok for kids to play with

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  • They should be checked in the first place before bring them over

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  • Sadly these are very flew toys manufactured in Australia.
    There is even a problem with Princess Catherine Dolls

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  • Amazing that they got imported into the country in the first place. Would be better to stop them there.

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  • This happens every single year.

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  • People care more bout profits in their pocket than safety sadly

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  • This is sad you would think people selling this would want it to be safe.

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