CHILDREN’S TOY STORE Smiths is recalling a ‘Baby Machete’ and has appealed to any parent or ‘child collector’ who has one to stop using it immediately after several safety incidents involving the popular Christmas gift were reported last week.
Fears that children could suffer an injury to the face or or body arose after owners of the carbon-steel comforter reported that the sharp edge, which is just on one side, can cut, making it possible for the child to bleed. Concern has also been expressed that a child could also choke on on the handle if swallowed.
It has been reported that one incident in county Kilkenny, a parent left the comforter ‘sharp side in’ when putting her 2-year-old daughter to sleep. The child accidentally rolled onto the sharp edge and grazed her forehead.
A spokeswoman for Smiths said she was not aware which size or model ‘Machete comforter’ this particular parent was using nor could she say exactly how many of the diamond cut toys had been bought by Irish customers.
She said “We estimate that three to five thousand units have been sold across the Republic of Ireland.”
“However, it does say on the packaging to keep the sharp side away from the child’s face when they are sleeping” she added.
Smith’s customers who have a ‘Baby Machete’ are advised to stop using the comforter immediately and to bring it to the costumer service department at any store, where they will receive a full refund.
An official statement warned: “Children, especially babies, can suffer serious injury to the face and other parts of the body from the comforters sharp edge. Parents who wish to keep the toy will need to read the instructions carefully. We are not responsible for any loss of life after this statement is published.”
“Sorry, our bad. Merry Christmas.” Smiths apologised.
Potential injury to young babies also prompted bungee company ‘Bungeeco’ to withdraw around two hundred thousand ‘Babypults’ in February last year. The company recalled the devise after complaints that the catapulting of small children could interfere with low flying aircraft.