“We take a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to the safety of children, and Victorian suppliers should be aware that when a business fails to comply with the law, they will be dealt with by authorities.” Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz
Last week, Cleanaway and Shred X organised the secure destruction of unsafe toys for Consumer Affairs Victoria at a warehouse in Abbotsford. The toys were considered a risk to children for a variety of reasons ranging from small parts that presented a choking hazard to projectiles that could severely injure young children.
Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz said, “Choking and button battery injuries are tragically among the leading cause of child injuries and deaths in Australia, which is why our inspectors will continue to treat toy product safety as a priority.”
Consumer Affairs inspectors have broad-ranging powers to search and seize products that do not comply with the law. To remove these products from circulation, a secure product destruction service is required to be performed by a reputable provider.
Cleanaway Key Account Manager Matthew McKerrall who helped organise the event was happy to be making homes a little safer this Christmas and congratulated the Shred X team and the Victorian government for a successful event.
Parents and carers are reminded to follow these simple guidelines when buying toys this Christmas:
- Look for toys suitable for your child’s age
- Avoid toys with sharp edges, points or splinters
- Choose sturdy and well-made toys that can stand up to being bitten and tugged without falling apart
Anyone who wishes to report a potentially unsafe product can do so by using the complaint form on www.consumer.vic.gov.au or by calling Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81.
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