Product Safety Australia have issued a national recall on popular baby beanbags, Bubba Beanbags, due to choking and suffocation hazards.
One mum shares her story on Healthy Mummy after her young daughter required emergency surgery from inhaling a beanbag bead at nine months.
She writes, “Nine months after welcoming her, my cheeky little crawler got hold of one of the bean bag beads.
A few days earlier I had added more beans to the bag and some must have escaped under a chair and missed the vacuum cleaner.
She ended up inhaling the bead and it quickly started to impact her lungs. Within hours her lips started to turn blue, she became listless and she was making a strange wheezing sound.”
Her baby girl was air lifted to a larger hospital to undergo emergency surgery to remove the bead from her lung.
Recall details via Product Safety Australia
What are the defects?
The product does not meet the Consumer Goods (Bean Bags) Safety Standard 2014 as per amendment on 1 July 2016.
What are the hazards?
The internal bag is not fitted with a child-resistant slide fastener and may therefore allow access to the polystyrene beans, which pose potential choking and suffocation hazards to young children. The warning label also contains incorrect information and may result in misuse.
What should consumers do?
Consumers should contact the retailer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) to make arrangements to return the bean bag. The supplier will remove the toggle/puller on the internal zip and attach a current warning label on the bean bag before returning it.
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