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Toy safety tension test

Every year, toys are tested as part of national surveillance programs. The ACCC tortures toys to keep kids safe.

Watch as a real product safety tester tries to pull this plush toy apart using a 'tension test', which can tell whether a small child could access the potentially dangerous filling inside.

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VISION: A laboratory technician is holding a plush toy.

TEXT: TOY SAFETY TENSION TEST

VISON: Technician attaches two clamps and a tension measuring gauge to the plush toy. Technician then begins pulling the clamps apart. The tension gauge records approximately 5Kgf (approximately 49N) when the plush toy tears at the seam exposing the toy’s stuffing.

TEXT: FAIL

VISION: Technician smiles, satisfied with his testing.

TEXT:

WEAK STITCHING CAN GIVE ACCESS TO STUFFING INSIDE A TOY.

IF THE FIBRES FROM THE STUFFING ARE INHALED THEY CAN BLOCK YOUR CHILD’S AIRWAY.

ACCC TORTURES TOYS TO KEEP KIDS SAFE.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

VISIT PRODUCT SAFETY AUSTRALIA

www.productsafety.gov.au

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