Inflatable emojis, yo-yo water balls and a goose swim ring are some of the toys that won’t be in Queensland Christmas stockings this year.
The toys have been put on the naughty list by the state’s Office of Fair Trading’s safety inspectors after they were deemed too dangerous for children.
After visiting 365 retailers and examining 7580 different toys, the inspectors have removed five of the worst offenders from shop shelves.
These include two inflatable emojis that don’t have proper safety warnings, and are at risk of deflating while being used in the water.
An inflatable goose swim ring was also banned because of improper safety labelling, while small and large yo-yo water balls were pulled because of strangulation and choking risks.
In launching the OFT’s Operation Safe Christmas Campaign on Wednesday, state Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said people needed to keep safety in mind when shopping for children..
“If people are shopping for gifts for children this Christmas, the rule of thumb should always be: the smaller the child, the bigger the toy,” she said.
“Parents should also check that toys with button batteries have a battery compartment that is child resistant and secure.
“Button batteries can cause severe internal injuries, even fatal injuries if swallowed.”