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Ban the bouncy ball

Prompted by the death of Alby Fox Davis, we call upon the ACCC to urgently review its mandatory safety standards for children’s toys, in particular, rubber and plastic bouncy balls.

These balls are often given as party favours, prizes and gifts to children of all ages; from toddlers to primary-school students.

Two of the five current standards address choking danger. These are:

  • Toys for children up to and including 36 months of age; and
  • Children’s projectile toys.

However, in both standards, the test determining danger, the Small Parts Test, is insufficient.

The Choke Check, a printable device available on the Product Safety website.

The International Organisation for Standardisation has outlined standards for toy manufacturers, but the relevant document must be purchased. It states that the diameter of a spherical object must have be greater than 4.5cm.

Meg (owner of Brisbane-based toy company Modern Monty),  has bought this tool, which helps her to determine whether or not her toys meet the criteria.

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Earlier this year, the tragic death of Alby Fox Davis was felt by many across the nation. The ball he choked on had a diameter greater than a 50c coin. Alby was days from turning four years old.

Choking is a leading cause of children’s medical emergencies in Australia*. 

Alby's bouncy ball
Alby’s mother, Anna, shared this photo demonstrating the size of the ball her son choked on. Photo:  https://www.instagram.com/the.small.folk

In the ACCCs most recent review of its standards, published before Alby’s passing, it cited four toy-related deaths since 2011. Three of those deaths were from choking. Two of those three children were six years old.

Choking is not only a hazard for children under 36 months of age.

So considering that children have died after choking on toys, including a bouncy ball, in recent years, why are these dangerous products still allowed to be imported and sold in Australia?

Please join me in petitioning the ACCC, in banning the import and sale of bouncy balls here, and updating its Mandatory Standards.

The ACCC’s consultation period for this matter is currently closed, prompting this petition.

Please click here to sign the petition.

With thanks,

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