Christmas decorations have been pulled from shelves after a feature was found to not meet mandatory safety standards, posing a dangerous risk to children.
The 'Christmas light-up gnome tree decoration' is available in four different colours and all are operated by a button battery, not securely fastened inside the decoration, meaning it can easily be opened and accessed by children.
The decorations were sold in more than 240 news agencies, gift shops and homeware retailers across the country between October 2022 and earlier this month.
Customers are advised to immediately stop using the decorations and store them away from children, or take them back to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Button batteries can be fatal
Button batteries are notorious for their health risk to children as they can easily become lodged in a youngster's throat and be a choking hazard which can be fatal.The battery can also cause severe internal burns in the oesophagus and stomach if it gets stuck.
For years there have been campaigns to ban these types of batteries from children's toys because of the risks they pose to youngsters, with Aussie parents who have lost their children leading the charge. Consumer advocacy group CHOICE is also behind the campaigns, calling for stricter regulations on the sale of potentially dangerous products.
At least one child in Australia needs to go to the hospital every day because of button battery ingestion, with at least one severe case reported every month, according to Sydney Children's Hospital Network.
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