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Popular baby product recalled over drowning fears

A popular baby product has been recalled from Cotton On Kids stores after it was found to pose an “increased risk of drowning”.

The Baby Swim Ring was found to be non-compliant after it was independently tested to the incorrect mandatory safety standard for floatation aids.

An increased risk of drowning hazard was identified if the product deflates during use or is not used correctly.

The baby swim ring was tested as an Aquatic Toy, rather than a Swimming and Flotation Aid, resulting in three main concerns with the device.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recall stated the product only has one inflation chamber, instead of the minimum of two, was sold without the required information booklet, and is not marked with the correct warning label.

Cotton On Kids recall notice
Cotton On Kids customers are being asked to return the swim ring, which was available in multiple colours. Source: ACCC

“There is an increased risk of drowning if the product deflates during use or is not used correctly,” the ACCC said.

The baby swim ring was available at Cotton On, Cotton On Kids stores and at Cotton On online between 22 October 2021 and 17 February 2022.

Cotton On Kids issues warning

Cotton On Kids alerted customers to the recall on their Facebook page asking them to return the product immediately.

“At Cotton On Kids, we take the safety of our customers very seriously and want to advise you of a product recall,” the warning said.

“Customers who purchased the Baby Swim Ring with the style number 7342502 in all colours between October 2021 and February 2022 should return the item as soon as possible.

Cotton On Kids Baby Swim Ring packaging
Customers who have been using the Cotton On Kids product are being asked to return it immediately. Source: ACCC

“The Baby Swim Ring was categorised as an Aquatic Toy, rather than correctly categorised as a Swimming and Flotation Aid. It’s for this reason we are initiating a public recall of the product to minimise any potential risk.”

Customers quickly started sharing the post, with many saying they were relieved nothing happened while using it.

“Lucky nothing happened with ours,” one person wrote, while another added: “I’ll have to return ours.”

Customers who had purchased the swim ring should immediately stop use and return it to a Cotton On or Cotton On Kids store for a full refund.

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