A NSW Fair Tradingmarket-surveillance operation has uncovered a range of children's toys and sleepwear that are prohibited and potentially dangerous being sold across western Sydney, including at Cabramatta, Fairfield and Villawood.
Fair Trading officers have targeted unsafe products across 40 businesses in western Sydney and seized non-compliant toys, prams, and children's nightwear.
"An operation targeting the sale of children's toys and nightwear was carried out in Sydney's west and non-compliant products were located at Villawood, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Merrylands and Bankstown," spokeswoman Louisa Bourke said.
"It's not appropriate to name these stores while investigations are still under way."
Fair Trading commissioner Rose Webb said: "When our officers are inspecting children's nightwear for sale, they're looking for appropriate labelling as required by the mandatory standard. All suppliers must comply with mandatory safety standards and bans when importing, distributing and retailing products."
In NSW all children's sleepwear must carry labels based on the fire risks associated with the product. Nightwear for children, and some daywear, is classified into one of four categories, according to garment or fabric type.
"According to NSW Health, children sustaining burns as a result of nightwear catching fire has largely disappeared over the years because of design and labelling requirements, which is why we continue to ensure the market complies with standards and penalising businesses that don't," Ms Webb said.
Some garments are so flammable they don't meet any of the four categories and can't be given a label and must not be sold. The sleepwear found during the operation fell into this prohibited category.
"We're also reminding consumers that children's nightwear should be form-fitting and made of material labelled 'low fire danger'. Loose clothing that makes contact with heaters can easily become flammable."
Toys discovered by Fair Trading officers during the operation failed testing for several reasons, including the possibility that small parts could separate from toys during play or after reasonable wear and tear. Small parts can potentially cause suffocation, choking and even death.
"Fair Trading prioritises the safety of consumers and ensures that businesses understand their responsibility to provide safe and compliant items. Under consumer law, the maximum fine for individuals caught selling dangerous toys is $500,000 and companies can be fined up to $10 million."
Consumers who have bought non-compliant or dangerous children's items are entitled to a refund. If they decide not to seek a refund, they should safely dispose of the toy immediately.