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This Christmas, the Commerce Commission is warning and urging customers to take a ‘second look’ at the toys and bikes they are looking to purchase.
Four companies were initially warned over product safety — those are, HMH International Limited (Gift House), Jay International Limited (123 Dollar Store Huntly), Mighty Ape Limited and Southern Gold Limited (Just Incredible).
“We want consumers to think hard about the toys and bikes they buy this Christmas. Toys for children 36 months and under must be able to take the knocks they get without pieces coming off which could be a choking hazard, and bikes must have the correct type of front and rear brakes fitted,” said Stuart Wallace, the Commerce Commission’s Head of Consumer.
“So, when you’re shopping this Christmas, think twice: is that baby or toddler toy the right size? Does it have very small parts? Does it feel like it can it take the knocks without small parts breaking off? Does that bike have front and rear brakes?”
24 product safety prosecutions were completed by the Commission, since the start of 2017. Fines included a total of more than $1.5 million.
“The obligation is on retailers to make sure that the toys and bikes they sell are compliant. Almost all our product safety prosecutions come from unannounced visits to retailers, and we will continue that important work,” said Mr Wallace.
“We urge consumers to do their homework about the kinds of toys suitable for children aged under 3 and if in doubt, ask the retailer what checks and inspections have been done before they buy. We have produced a video called ‘The story of a toy’ to help businesses and consumers understand the importance of the standards for children’s toys.”