'Can restrict child's breathing': Popular toy recalled over strangulation fears

Toys based on the popular emoji characters have been recalled over strangulation fears.

The Emoticon Puffer Balls sold at Best & Less retail stores were remove from shelves after the ACCC confirmed the product is banned in Australia due to the elastic cord capable of extending at least 600mm in length.

“The cord can stretch and may wind around a child’s neck, especially if swung around the head, and pose a risk of strangulation,” the ACCC announced on its website.

Source: Google/Best & Less
The emoji themed toys sold at Best & Less have been banned in Australia. Source: Google/Best & Less

“The highly elastic and ‘sticky’ nature of the cord can constrict breathing if wound tightly,” the consumer watchdog stated.

The inexpensive novelty toys were sold nationally as an ‘impulse item’ across Australian Best & Less stores during October and November this year.

Emoticon Puffer Balls Recalled Best and Less
The 'sticky and stretchy' toy was marketed as a novelty stocking stuffer but has since been recalled. Source: ACCC

The ACCC advises that the Emoticon Puffer Balls are similar to ‘yo-yo water balls’ that are also banned in Australia for similar hazards.

Consumers who bought the toy are cautioned to stop using the product immediately and return it to their nearest Best & Less store for a full refund.

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