Safety-conscious Australian toy inspectors have found no fewer than 129 dangerous toys on sale in New South Wales, up from last year’s tally of 76. The deadly toys threaten to choke, drown, strangle or electrocute children unfortunate enough to try to play with them.
According to Fair Trading Minister Diane Beamer, the list included eye–putting out projectile weapons, cheap battery-powered death traps, laser pointers, laser guns and “A swimming vest which did not provide sufficient buoyancy put children at risk of drowning while three water yo-yo balls had cords which could lead to strangulation.” There were also the usual small, swallowable parts, and a particularly dangerous mini-cutter with a retractable blade.
Parents are strongly urged not to by their children mini-cutters. It can only lead to heartbreak.