Retailers in trouble after dangerous toys taken from shelves
MORE than 11,000 unsafe toys have been stripped from Christmas shelves after a consumer watchdog blitz.
Led by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, fair trading agencies around the country trawled through more than 94,000 lines of toys from 3300 retailers.
The blitz resulted in 16 retailers being slapped with warnings, infringement notices or court proceedings for supplying non-compliant products.
Dangerous products can be seized by the authorities and any suppliers who are found to have sold products that are banned or fail to meet the mandatory safety requirements face potential fines of up to $1.1 million.
Toys were tested for the presence of lead and other heavy metals, small parts that could pose a choking hazard for young children and dangerous projectiles.