Trader’s toys fail safe tests

DIS­COUNT STORE OWNER HIT WITH $7000 FINE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alisob Bald­ing

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.

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