Product Safety Alert: Baby Self-Feeding Products
OPSS has issued a Product Safety Alert for baby self-feeding products presenting a risk of serious harm or death. Consumers, local authority trading standards and businesses are asked to take specific action to cease use or remove them from the market.
Baby self-feeding products are designed to enable babies to bottle feed with little to no assistance from a caregiver. This creates a risk of serious harm or death from:
- Choking on the feed
- Aspiration pneumonia
This follows a previous safety alert about baby Self-Feeding Pillows / Prop Feeders published on 30 November 2022 and applies to all baby self-feeding products.
Baby self-feeding products are designed to enable a baby to be attached to a bottle so that it may self-feed with little to no assistance from a caregiver holding the bottle and controlling the feed. This is inconsistent with NHS guidance in relation to safe bottle feeding.
The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (GPSR) require all products to be safe in their normal or reasonably foreseeable usage.
A baby, which is the intended user of the product, does not have the dexterity or cognitive ability to control the flow of bottle feed, or to know when to stop feeding, or to act if it gags or chokes or to otherwise signal or raise alarm if something is going wrong. Crucial to this, gagging is characterised by noise and coughing, whereas choking is characterised by silence because of the blockage to the airway.
The most common reason for babies to choke on feed is because the liquid is being dispensed faster than it can swallow.
The harm in relation to aspiration pneumonia follows a similar sequence of events, but a choking event does not occur. However, the baby does breathe in liquid which goes on to cause an infection resulting in pneumonia.
The risks from choking and aspiration pneumonia are entirely related to the design and intended use of the product – these risks cannot be mitigated by instructions.
Consumers, local authority trading standards services and businesses are asked to take specific action to cease use or remove these products from the market and dispose of safely, as advised below.
- Consumers should immediately stop using these products and dispose of them safely.
- Must immediately remove these products from the market as they cannot comply with the safety requirements under the General Product Safety Regulations, 2005.
- Must comply with their obligations under product safety law.
Local Authority Trading Standards
- Should identify and take appropriate action against businesses that sell baby self-feeding pillows as they do not comply with the safety requirements set down in the General Product Safety Regulations, 2005.
Additional information and resources
Consumer Safety Alert Poster
OPSS News Story
Visit the Office for Product Safety and Standards web pages on Gov.uk for further information and contact details.
Gas Range Cooker Safety Warning
The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has intervened to ensure that more than 66,000 dangerous Belling, New World and Stoves gas cookers which pose a carbon monoxide poisoning risk will be made safe through a modification programme.
Parent company Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) has agreed to visit every home containing the affected cookers, to implement a technical modification to the appliance so that operation of the gas grill is safe. The company is required to contact all affected users. Products in scope of this safety warning have been purchased at any time between 2010 and 2022.
OPSS has also required GDHA and retailers to remove the product from the market (from being on sale) with immediate effect.
Consumers are warned until the modification has been completed, consumers must only use the gas grill with the grill door open.
A full list of affected models and photographs can be found here
Button Cell Battery Safety
Button cell batteries contain harmful chemicals that, if swallowed by small children, can get stuck in the throat, lead to severe burns, or even result in death.
A recent fatality of a 1-year-old boy in Scotland has again highlighted the dangers associated with button batteries when ingested
Button batteries are used in a wide range of toys, gadgets, remote controls, scales and watches.
Follow the below tips to ensure your home is as safe as possible:
· Check your home for button battery powered items
· Ensure children do not have access to these devices
· Recycle dead button batteries promptly
· Place extra batteries out of children’s reach in a secure locked drawer.
· Educate older children about the dangers
Click on the following links for further information and guidance on button cell battery safety:
Button Batteries - Be Aware!
Using Button and Coin Batteries
If you would like further advice in relation to button batteries, please contact the consumer protection team on 02871 253 253 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
SMALL HIGH POWERED MAGNETS
Serious injuries are arising from the ingestion of magnets, particularly among children and young people.
When two or more of the magnets are swallowed, they can stick together causing damage to the digestive system by cutting off blood flow and rapidly killing intestinal tissue
Between 2019 and 2020, 19 children were admitted to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children having ingested magnets (RoSPA). Over half of the children were young teenagers using magnetic products to imitate piercings in or around their mouths. Three of the cases required surgery.
In April 2021, environmental health officers from local councils in Northern Ireland inspected over 300 business selling magnetic products and submitted toys, jewellery and accessories for analysis.
79% of the products tested failed to meet relevant safety requirements due to small parts, excessive magnetic flux, lack of appropriate warnings and other labelling issues.
Councils are working with the Office of Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) to highlight the dangers of products containing magnets and to advise consumers to:
• keep products that contain high powered magnets away from children
• be aware of signs that could indicate ingestion like vomiting and stomach pain
• act fast to get immediate medical treatment
Details on the OPSS ‘Nil By Mouth’ campaign can be found at Child safety: Nil By Mouth Ingestion Product Safety - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Hotpoint, Indesit & Creda Tumble Dryer Safety Advice
Derry City & Strabane District Council are reminding people to follow the safety advice issued by Whirlpool regarding Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryers.
Whirlpool identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire. In general terms Running a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher overnight or while you are out is a fire risk because of their high wattage, friction and motors.
It is important that owners of a Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryers check their tumble dryer immediately to find out if their appliance has been affected and follow the advice given by the manufacturer.
Customers who have any concerns are being asked to check whether their model could be affected online or by calling Indesit.
The following notice has been issued by the manufacturer:
Safety Notice - Tumble Dryers
Following Whirlpool's acquisition of the Hotpoint/Indesit brands, Indesit Company has closely reviewed the safety of its product portfolio.
As part of this review we have identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.
The affected brands are:
We are activating an extensive consumer outreach and service action plan in order to provide our consumers with products that are updated to higher safety and quality standards. We will arrange a visit from an engineer, free of charge, to modify your appliance. The service call will take approximately one hour. The improvements we believe are necessary will further enhance the safety and quality of your dryer.
In the meantime consumers may continue to use their products, provided that appliances are not left unattended whilst operating. We also remind customers of the need for proper cleaning and maintenance, as outlined in the user manual.
Affected tumble dryers models:
Condenser and vented dryers
What owners of these tumble dryers should do:
- Check whether their model is affected at http://safety.hotpoint.eu or http://safety.indesit.eu
- Contact Indesit on 0800 151 0905 if they have any concerns and have not yet been contacted about their tumble dryer
- Not leave the appliance unattended during operation.
- Check the lint filter after every cycle.
- Ensure proper venting as directed in the original operating manual.
If your tumble dryer is affected by this issue then you should unplug it and do not use it until the modification has taken place.
product Recall Information
Product recalls are made by traders about products that have problems which could affect the safety of the user/consumer. The product should not be used and should be returned to the trader.
View more information on the product recall here >
SAFETY ALERT – BARREL/EGG TRAINS
Following an incident where 8 people were injured when a Barrel Train overturned, HSENI would like to remind businesses who operate barrel (egg) trains at open farms and other similar leisure facilities, that the operator has a legal duty to take reasonably practicable measures to ensure the safety of their employees and others, including members of the public riding in the train.
PRODUCT SAFETY NOTICE
Smyths Toys has announced an important safety warning on all bikes sold from 1st January to 31st July 2021.
Note: The incorrect housins cable may have been used and over time this may affect the performance of the brakes.
What to do: Please return your product to your local Smyths Toys Superstores. The Bike Expert's in store will inspect your bike, replace the cable and adjust your bike if required. They may need to keep your bike for up to 3-5 working days to repair if required.
- List of bikes affected for Northern Ireland Customers:
187671 - 12" Tiger Black/Red Bike
118062 - 14" Dinosaur
172771 - 16" Mini Freestyle
158323 - 16" Team MX-16
135176 - 20" Blaze Bike
Find out more information at https://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/Product-Information
If you have any queries please contact:
Derry City & Strabane District Council
028 71 253 253