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Retailers paid $100,000 in fines over dangerous toys

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NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe put discount toy retailers in Australia on notice as Fair Trading inspectors prepare to start their annual pre-Christmas toy and other product safety blitz across the state.

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The Commissioner revealed more than $100,000 in fines and costs had been handed out by the courts to 17 discount toy sellers so far this year.

"This is completely unacceptable particularly given 15 have been fined before by Fair Trading and six have previously been prosecuted in court. Non-compliant toys have the potential to do serious harm to young children. Dangerous toys can cause young children to choke or stop breathing if small breakable parts are ingested and non-compliant projectile toys can cause serious eye and other injuries," said Mr. Stowe.

So far this year 17 traders and/or their companies have been prosecuted for offences across 18 locations in metropolitan and regional NSW, resulting in $101,894.50 in fines and costs.

"It is not good enough for traders to say they are not aware of, or do not understand, the Australian Consumer Law that mandates all toys meet stringent Australian safety standards. It is the trader’s responsibility to be across these laws and Fair Trading has an interpreter service for anyone who needs help in another language," Mr. Stowe said.

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