Thousands of toys seized in Aussie crackdown

Last updated 16:52 28/11/2013

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Novelty cigarette lighters, a baby walker and a Santa lamp are among items seized during a New South Wales crackdown on "killer toys".

Thousands of dangerous toys across the state have been prevented from finding their way under this year's Christmas trees, with NSW Fair Trading identifying more than 100 unsafe products.

Among the haul were projectile toys with the potential to cause serious eye injuries, a toy-like novelty cigarette lighter, a baby walker, a Santa table lamp and a remote control helicopter.

Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts said on Thursday the government had focused on traders and directors previously prosecuted for supplying dangerous and non-compliant toys in the crackdown.

Fair Trading will now seek court orders to ban traders previously prosecuted for supplying dangerous or non-compliant toys, he said.

"We welcome Fair Trading's decision to send killer toys to the Christmas crusher," said Tom Godfrey, from consumer organisation Choice.

For those still yet to do their Christmas shopping, Mr Roberts urged them to only buy electrical goods from reputable stores.

"Don't buy electrical products because they are cheap, you could be putting your safety at risk," he said.

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