Trader’s toys fail safe tests
DISCOUNT STORE OWNER HIT WITH $7000 FINE
ROOTY HILL Discounts shop owner Li Fang Dong, 59, has been ordered to pay $6,884 in fines and costs for selling dangerous items aimed at young children.
Parramatta Local Court found Ms Dong had for sale items including a toy gun with suction cup projectiles, a mini ironing set and novelty children’s instruments such as pianos, xylophones and recorders, which did not comply with safety standards.
Ms Dong did not respond to attempts from The Standard to contact her for comment.
Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said his team had targeted the $2 discount stores and pop-up shops this year.
“In the past that’s where we’ve found the most noncompliant and dangerous toys,” Mr Stowe said.
He said, while toys in today’s marketplace were generally much safer than a decade ago, each year Fair that specifically appeal to very young kids demonstrates a complete disregard for children’s welfare and contempt for legislation that is in place for the protection of consumers.”
Mr Stowe said toys sold in Australia must be compliant under Australian Consumer Law.
“This result sends a strong message to suppliers that Fair Trading will take strong and swift action when young lives are put at risk,” Mr Stowe said.
He said Fair Trading would continue to make unannounced visits to traders across NSW to ensure compliance with product safety requirements.
“Consumers should have the confidence to walk into a store knowing dangerous goods are not being offered for sale, and that goods have been vetted for safety before they are placed on the shelves,” he said.
He urged shoppers to report any items they believe to be dangerous or noncompliant by calling 13 32 20.