Aldi recalls popular children’s toy due to 'deadly' risk

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Aldi has reached out to customers Australia-wide reminding them of an “active recall” due to a potential choking and suffocation hazard on one of their popular toy products.

The Jack ‘N’ Jill Wooden Block Sets were sold at ALDI Stores from 10th June 2020 to 9th of September 2020.

However, due to a low number of returns after an initial recall in September 2020, the German supermarket giant is once again urging customers to return the product to stores.

“ALDI takes product safety seriously and due to the low number of returns, we wish to remind customers of an active recall of the Jack ‘N” Jill - Wooden Block Sets,” a statement said on the store’s Facebook page.

Why were they recalled?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recalled the product because it does not comply with the requirements of the mandatory standard 'Consumer Protection Notice’.

Aldi product recall notice on wooden block toy.
Despite the original recall being more than 12 months old, Aldi is still urging customers to return the toys to their local store. Source: Aldi/Facebook

This includes the Consumer Product Safety Standard for toys for children aged up to and including 36 months.

“Small magnets may detach from the blocks and fall off,” the recall from the ACCC states.

“If the small magnets detach from the blocks, they pose a risk of choking, suffocation or death for young children.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the products.”

The original recall, which was issued in September 2020, also asked consumers who had purchased the toy sets to return them to their nearest Aldi for a full refund.

Tower sign for the Kippa-Ring branch of the Aldi supermarket chain in Queensland, Australia. Aldi, a subsidiary of the German supermarket group, operates hundreds of outlets in Australia in stand-alone and mall locations.
The supermarket will provide customers with a full refund on the recalled product. Source: Getty Images.

What consumers need to do

The Jack ‘N' Jill - Wooden Blocks were available in three sets, Wooden Farm Blocks, Wooden Jungle Blocks and Wooden Ocean Blocks, and suitable for children aged two and over.

The reminder was welcomed by Aldi customers, who started tagging fellow shoppers and sharing the post.

Some said they were unaware of the recall but had since thrown the unsafe toys away.

“OMG- just put mine in the bin. So glad I saw this, 18 month old loves them,” one woman wrote.

“Mine were in the round tub with the shape slot lid. Successfully returned with money back,” added another.

Despite the recall being more than 12 months old, Aldi is still encouraging the return of the toy sets with a full refund.

“If you have not already, customers should immediately stop use and return the product to your nearest ALDI store for a full refund. We apologise for any inconvenience,” The Aldi Statement said.

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