Importer fined $20,000 for unsafe toys

Photo: Commerce Commission

A toy importer has been fined $20,000 for selling toys that were unsafe.

Haiwing International Limited had previously pleaded guilty to two representative charges for selling 59 units of an unsafe rubber duck set and 80 units of an unsafe set of squeezy animal toys.

The company was sentenced at the Auckland District Court last week.

The Commerce Commission purchased products from Haiwing's Trade Me site for testing and found the squeaker devices of the toys became separated and posed a choking hazard for those aged three and under.

In addition, three of the ducks and nine of the squeezy animal toys were small enough to pose a risk of lodging in a small child's throat.

-RNZ.




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