Parents are being urged to think safety over style, after Trading Standards officers seized a number of potentially lethal ‘baby bling’ accessories on sale in West Dunbartonshire.
Dummies, dummy straps, baby bottles, feedings bowls and
bibs adorned with diamante gems have been seized after they were
found to be a potential choking hazard from the beads and gems used
to decorate the accessories.
Tests carried out on the products revealed the small gems
can become detached without substantial force and when the product
is sterilised using hot boiling water, the glue used to attach the
gems can become loose posing serious problems if swallowed.
Trading Standard officers warned anyone caught selling
these unsafe items, risks a fine of up to £20,000.
Trading Standards Section Head, David McCulloch said:
"Businesses and individuals are readily advertising these products
on the internet and social networking sites and I would urge
parents to avoid this dangerous trend and take safety over style
when choosing goods for their baby.
He continued: "Although the sellers may claim the products
are 'safe' or for 'decorative purposes only' the products may not
be safe as the test results show, and they can be potentially
lethal to small children. Not all 'baby bling' products on the
market were tested, so there may be some safe ones out there, but
the ones tested by our officers all presented a dangerous choking
Kirsten Halliday, Authorised Officer, added: " This
current trend for 'baby bling' is very worrying, not only do they
often feature prohibited decorations but in recent tests the
hand-glued beads and gems have been found to become easily
detached, resulting in a danger of choking to a baby or small
child. There are strict safety standards in place on these items
for a reason and manufacturers must adhere to these regulations in
order that they produce a safe product. I would urge parents to
think twice before buying these decorated 'bling' items and instead
pick from a wide range of safe products which have been tested and
are readily available on the open market."
Residents can contact Trading Standards to report businesses where these dangerous products are being sold to ensure they are withdrawn from sale. Any local trader who is considering manufacturing or selling products of this type is urged to seek advice. For further advice contact Trading Standards 01389 738290.