"Today's recall of children's flotation devices is a timely reminder of the danger water can present to children. We must always supervise young children around swimming pools, dams and at the beach," Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy Chairman, Mr Peter Kell, said today.
"With the warmer weather upon us, the risks of death or serious injury to children in water increases. Parents should not leave young children unattended in or around water even if they are using flotation aids."
Playcorp Pty Ltd is undertaking an urgent voluntary recall of Deep Blue and Aqua Spirit flotation devices for infants.
The products consist of a blue inflatable seat within a yellow or orange inflatable square that is sold in size one and two. The recall is being undertaken because a defective valve may cause the product to rapidly deflate during use, placing an infant at the risk of drowning. Even when using swimming aids, children must always be supervised.
The products were sold throughout Australia from 1 January 2002 to 27 October 2008 in department stores and toy and sports stores. Playcorp has placed product recall notices in major daily newspapers and full details can be found on the Product Recalls Australia website at www.recalls.gov.au.
"I would like to commend Playcorp for taking such responsible action, and urge the public to cooperate fully with this recall," Mr Kell said. "I would also like to emphasise Playcorp's warning that any consumer who has purchased one of these products should stop using it immediately and return it to the place of purchase or Playcorp for a full refund."
Mr Kell added that although the products had not been involved in any accidents or injuries to date, Playcorp took its action with the intention of preventing any possible injuries.
For media inquiries to the ACCC Deputy Chairman, Mr Peter Kell, please call Ms Lin Enright, ACCC Media, on (02) 6243 1108 or 0414 613 520.
Release # MR 341/08
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