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Warning on toys containing magnets - News alert

Date: 12th January 2012

Victorians are urged to check toys for loose or dangerous magnets, following the recent death of a Queensland toddler.

Small, strong magnets are used to attach parts in children’s toys, or to make toys stick to other objects.

A child who puts magnets in their mouth can choke or suffocate. Swallowed magnets can also cause serious internal injuries to a child’s digestive system.

There is an Australia-wide mandatory standard for toys containing magnets. These toys must come with warning labels on the packaging and instructions to prevent injuries. 

Advice for buying toys with magnets

  • Make sure the toy is appropriate for the child’s age.
  • Check the magnets cannot come off easily.
  • Regularly check toys for signs of wear and tear, and always dispose of magnets if they come loose.
  • If you suspect a child has swallowed magnets, seek urgent medical help to prevent choking, suffocation, serious infections and death.
  • If you have bought a toy you believe may be unsafe, contact our Toy and Nursery Safety Line

For safety tips and more information on toys containing magnets, view the Magnets in toys page on the Product Safety Australia website

Contact Details

For more information on product safety in Victoria visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website: http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/shopping/product-safety-for-consumers, email consumer@justice.vic.gov.au. or call 1300 55 81 81 - Business hours:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

More information on product safety and the mandatory safety standards can be found at www.productsafety.gov.au.  Australian product recalls are published at www.recalls.gov.au, and you can also follow product safety at the ACCC on Twitter: @ProductSafetyAU.

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