123 Mart sold un­safe toys


Rat­tles, trum­pets and wind-up snakes are some of the toys a bud­get re­tailer has been found guilty of sell­ing with chok­ing haz­ards.

The 123 Mart was found guilty in the Auck­land District Court on 17 charges un­der the Fair Trad­ing Act on July 7, and will be sen­tenced in Oc­to­ber.

Judge Rob Ron­ayne found 123 Mart sold about 9000 of seven types of toys with small parts that were chok­ing haz­ards for young chil­dren.

Af­ter the Com­merce Com­mis­sion charged 123 Mart last year, the re­tailer chose a de­fended hear­ing on 22 charges, and five charges were dis­missed.

The 123 Mart had al­ready pleaded guilty to five charges that it sold more than 1200 items of chil­dren’s sleep­ing pants that did not have the re­quired fire dan­ger la­bels, and more than 11,000 items of cloth­ing that failed to com­ply with la­belling re­quire­ments. for care, ori­gin and con­tent.

The 123 Mart op­er­ated about 60 stores through­out New Zealand, in­clud­ing sev­eral in cen­tral Auck­land. It has a multi-mil­lion dol­lar turnover.

The chain opened in 1995 and spe­cialises in low-cost con­sumer prod­ucts in­clud­ing toys, cos­tumes and cos­met­ics.

It has with­drawn all the toys and cloth­ing from sale and re­funds are avail­able from The 123 Mart for the toys and cloth­ing if re­turned.

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