Just a few of  of the toys taken off the shelves for Christmas 2014. The complete list is at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au
Just a few of of the toys taken off the shelves for Christmas 2014. The complete list is at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au

List of unsafe Christmas toys released

ATTORNEY-General Jarrod Bleijie today revealed the unsafe toys that have made the naughty  list this Christmas. 

"Through this year's Operation Safe Christmas, 42 unsafe toy lines have been removed from shelves across Queensland," Mr Bleijie said at the Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Brisbane.

"We also have some tips for mums and dads so they know what other toys they should avoid."

Mr Bleijie said it was important parents had the best information when shopping for Christmas presents.

"By following the Five S's of Toy Safety - size, shape, surface, strings and supervision - we can all enjoy a happy and safe time over the holidays," he said.

"As a father myself with three young children, knowing what to avoid when shopping gives me peace of mind."

Mr Bleijie said Fair Trading officers conducted 291 compliance checks at retailers, pop up shops and importer warehouses in the search for unsafe toys, with more than 4000 product lines inspected.

"Whilst it is pleasing to see the vast majority of toy suppliers go out of their way to sell safe toys, unfortunately there are still some who don't," he said.

"Toys for children under three were found to have the most safety failures this year.

"It doesn't take long for a child to swallow part of a toy or become entangled in something which is why toys for young children must meet strict standards.

"Parents who've purchased an unsafe toy, including those on this year's list, can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund."

Among the toys removed from sale are a plush Christmas bear, a Talking Thomas train engine, a cartoon guitar piano, an Angry Bird squeeze toy, a wooden rattle and two packs of duck squeeze toys.

For a full list and photos of this year's unsafe toys visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au.



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