PARENTS have been issued an urgent warning after a huge number of popular bath toys were recalled following reports children were “impaled”.
Over seven million “Baby Shark” toys were ordered back after issues related to children became too hazardous to ignore.
About 7.5 million “Baby Shark” bath toys are being recalled[/caption]
The recall was related to issues with children slipping and falling or sitting on the “hard plastic top fin of the shark”.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), the bath toy model poses “risks of impalement, lacerations and punctures”.
Although the recall is currently only active in the US, the same toys are also being sold to Brits.
Huge chains such as Argos are among those who are stocking the popular toy in the UK.
The CSPC said the recalled full-sized toys – which come in three different colours – have a plastic fin with grooves on each side that measures about 7 inches.
Meanwhile, the mini-sized toys that were recalled have similar features, but do not sing when placed in water.
The regulatory body added that there have been at least 12 reports of children suffering from impalement injuries from the full-sized recalled toys.
Nine of the 12 incidents have resulted in children receiving stitches or other medical attention.
The recall comes after one parent reported issues with the specific Robo Alive Junior Mini Baby Shark Swimming Bath Toy on an online review site.
In September 2022, the parent claimed that their 19-month-old child was playing with the toy in the bathtub and slipped and fell onto the hard plastic fin “causing a cut and trauma to his anus.”
The incident report read: “My son is terrified of diaper changes and baths now due to his injury!
“This was very traumatic for him and it shouldn’t happen to anyone else’s children.”
The CPSC said: “They have a hard plastic top fin, measure about 4-inches from nose to tail and were sold in three colors: yellow, pink and blue.
“They were sold individually, in packs of two or three, and as part of a Baby Shark Music Water Park playset.”
However, the independent agency added that there have been no reports of injuries from the recalled mini-sized toys.
In a statement, Zuru Toys said: “Consumers should disable the tail fin (by cutting it on the full-size bath toy or by bending it on the mini-size bath toy), mark the body of the shark bath toy with the word ‘recalled’ and the unique code provided during registration for the recall, then upload a photo of the product, showing it is disabled and marked”.
The Sun have contacted Zuru Toys for further comment.