Baby dummy chains with unsafe decorations

This ban applies to dummy chains with crystals, beads or other similar ornaments that fail to meet minimum safety requirements detailed in the permanent ban notice.

Mandatory standard

The new mandatory standard Consumer Goods (Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains) Safety Standard 2017 commenced on 11 May 2017.

The mandatory standard prescribes requirements that address the hazards associated with unsafe decorations on dummy chains. Prior to 1 July 2019 dummy chains must meet the requirements of the mandatory standard or the ban. Following the revocation of the ban on 1 July 2019 dummy chains will need to meet the requirements of the mandatory standard.

About the ban

This ban applies to dummy chains with crystals, beads or other similar ornaments (also known as 'bling') that fail to meet minimum safety requirements detailed in the permanent ban notice. These relate to the length of the chain, impact resistance, tensile strength as well as the durability of the garment fastener.

Baby dummy chains include:

  • pins
  • ribbons
  • strings
  • cords
  • chains
  • twines
  • leathers
  • yarns
  • any other similar article which is designed to be attached to baby dummies.

Complying with the ban

Consumer Protection Notice No. 34 of 2011 sets out the requirements of this ban.

Enforcement

Failure to supply compliant products can result in the ACCC taking action, culminating in:

  • infringement notices of $10 200 for companies and $2040 for individuals
  • court enforceable undertakings
  • disqualification from being a company director
  • court action with penalties up to $1.1m for companies or $220 000 for individuals
  • recall of product.

See: Penalties & consequences.

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