Projectile toys

The ACCC is reviewing the mandatory safety standards for toys including projectile toys and is seeking stakeholder feedback.

The review runs from 1 February 2017 to 31 March 2017. To contribute, please visit the review page on the ACCC consultation hub. (link is external)

A complete list of mandatory standards currently under review is available on the product safety consultation page.

The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for the construction and maximum energy of a projectile toy.

About projectile toys

Projectile toys can include:

  • guns or other pull-back toys that shoot small darts (less than 57 mm) into the air
  • toys that can shoot improvised objects, such as nails, into the air at high speed.

The mandatory standard for projectile toys applies to toys that are:

  • supplied new
  • designed or clearly intended for use in play by children up to the age of 14 years
  • capable of launching a projectile.

    Hazards

    Small darts with suction cups that come with unsafe dart gun sets can cause choking. Projectile toys that can shoot sharp objects at a high speed can cause serious eye injuries.

    Mandatory standard

    Consumer Protection Notice No. 16 of 2010 sets out the mandatory requirements for projectile toys.

    The mandatory standard is based on certain sections of the voluntary Australian/New Zealand StandardAS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2002 Safety of toys Part 1 – Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties, which is available from SAI Global.

    You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.

    Key requirements

    These requirements  aim to give suppliers a general idea of what is required by the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.

    Design, construction and labelling

    The mandatory standard references the Australian standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.1 Safety of toys Part 1 – Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties:

    • minimum measurements apply to  projectiles with a suction cap tip, without compressing it and whatever its orientation, it shall not fit entirely into a small parts cylinder (which is shown in the standard). This requirement applies regardless of the age group for which the toy is intended
    • the perimeter of projectile toy rotors must be a ring in order to minimise the risk of injury
    • projectile toys with stored energy and without stored energy must have protective tips which remain attached to the projectile while being subjected to the torque test and the tension test
    • the packaging must have a warning about the dangers of misuse
    • the discharge mechanism should be designed such that it will not discharge other objects placed in it. If it is capable of discharging other objects, the potential danger must be drawn to the attention of the user.

    Does this apply to your business?

    Under the Australian Consumer Law supply includes:

    • in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase
    • in relation to services - provide, grant or confer.

    This ban applies to anyone in the business of supplying this product, including:

    • manufacturers
    • importers
    • distributors
    • retailers
    • hirers.

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