“They all contained or released small parts, which is a choking or suffocation hazard for small children.”
The toys ran the gamut of items, from a wooden alphabet puzzle, a wooden number puzzle, a magnetic number puzzle, a rainbow circle stacker, and two different plush toys.
Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said the recalls showed parents couldn’t take it for granted that the toys they were giving their children were safe.
“Considering the huge number of toy lines inspected, it’s good to see a very low number of non-compliant toys were found, which shows most manufacturers and retailers are aware of, and sticking to, their obligations around consumer safety,” she said.
“However, just because thousands of toys have been checked, this isn’t a free pass on safety matters.”
Ms Fentiman said there were a range of things parents could do when choosing appropriate toys for their children this Christmas, including making sure they are age-appropriate and have secure batteries.
“But really, nothing beats supervision. Making sure parents and carers are supervising kids when they’re playing with toys is absolutely the best bet when it comes to safety.”
With the rise in popularity of internet shopping, authorities are also issuing a specific warning about buying toys online this year.
Ms Fentiman said goods bought online may not conform to Australian safety standards, so consumers should be alert.
“It’s time to get that shopping list out, but just make sure you’re aware of the banned products, and make sure you keep safety in mind when buying for kids,” she said.