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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