Product Safety Alert – Holiday Gift Daily #44
Traditionally, the end of the year is a time of conviviality and togetherness. Giving presents is an undeniable part of this. But what should you pay attention to when it comes to the safety of these presents? There are still many unsafe products on offer. You do not want your loved-ones to be hurt.
Nice & Nifty Copper String LED Lights from Australia Post
Today we draw your attention to copper strings of LED lights in two variations. The full product names are 'Nice & Nifty LED String Light 16' (Product Code is 59117) and 'Nice & Nifty Copper String Light 80LED' (Product Code: 58720). The packaging's 'try me' button contains one button battery. This product came to the attention of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.
The button battery compartment of the ‘try me’ button in the packaging of the product may not be adequately secured and the batteries may be easily accessible. The product's packaging does not contain safety warnings or markings regarding button batteries. If young children gain access to the button batteries and ingest them, they may suffer internal burn injuries, which can result in serious illness and even death. In addition, the batteries may pose a choking hazard to young children.
Consumers should ensure the product packaging is kept out of reach of children. Any consumer who has purchased the products from Australia Post or received the products as a gift should (at the consumer’s choice):
- immediately and carefully dispose of any packaging from the product, including the ‘try me’ button, or
- return the product to an Australia Post outlet for a full refund.
For more information, consumers can contact Australia Post on 13 13 18 (Monday to Friday, 8am–6pm AEST).
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This is just an example of a product safety alert about toys or other items and their hazards that you need to be aware of. Millions of products have been recalled this year. Here's a video from the US Consumer Reports on how to protect yourself and your family. With our Holiday Gift Daily we will continue to follow the news on Product Safety and we will continue to keep you informed.