A popular toy spider is being recalled over fears it may seriously injure, or even kill young children.
The flashing rubber toy spiders, which have adhesive backing for sticking to windows and hard surfaces, pose a serious safety risk to children, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says.
“If the backing of the spider is pulled away, the button battery can be released,” the recall notice reads.
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“If young children gain access to button batteries and ingest them, they may suffer internal burn injuries, which can result in serious illness and even death.”
“In addition, the batteries may pose a choking hazard to young children.”
The toy spiders were sold at various tourist attractions, zoos, museums, some toy stores, post offices and newsagencies nationwide between 11 May 2017 – 16 June 2017.
Some of the stockists include Melbourne Zoo, Taronga zoo, Timezone Funtasia, Questacon, Australian Museum, Funhouse Family Entertainment, Australian Reptile Park, Peter Rowland, Adelaide Zoo, Cockington Green, Adelaide Zoo, Museum of Tropical Qld, Ginninderra Pharmacy, Laidle Post Office, Rainbow Games, Arb Games, Dymock’s Adelaide, Party People Megastore, Nextra Warner, Perth Zoo, Zoo Doo, Big Merino, Wild Whyalla, Mogo Zoo, Wild Toowoomba, Circular Quay View, Joybells of Caloundra, Eucumbene Trout Farm, Lucys Renmark, Batehaven News, Sisters of Charity, FLeet Air Arm, Winston Glades News, Planet Books, A Little Piece of Heaven, Nerang Mall News.
Parents and children have been warned to stop using the toy immediately and to return it to Elka Australia, PO Box 111, Milperra NSW 2214, for a full refund including postage.