Choking hazard: Big W recalls back-to-school water bottles

BIG W has recalled bottles from a range of back-to-school packs, due to a choking hazard. Photo: SuppliedParents are being urged to return a faulty water bottle that came in Big W’s back-to-school backpack bundles, due to a choking hazard.

The discount chain has announced a recall of the water bottle contained in eight types of four-piece backpack bundles sold across Australia since December 21.

A spokeswoman said a customer had made a complaint about the product. Follow-up testing revealed the rubber top on the bottle could loosen and detach during use, creating a potential choking hazard.

“We ask customers who purchased these products to return them to a Big W store for a full refund. Big W apologises to its customers for any inconvenience caused,” she said.

“All other components of the backpack bundle are not affected by the recall and can continue to be used.”

Customers can return the entire bundle or just the bottle and receive a full refund – $9 for the small sized backpack bundle or $20 for the large size.

The products were pulled from shelves on Thursday.

Several children’s products have been recalled in the past month.

Last week, Ikea issued a recall for its “Lattjo” children’s drum sticks and tongue drum because of a potential choking hazard.

The Swedish furniture chain said the rubber ball on the sticks could be detached or unscrewed, creating a choking hazard to small children.

“Ikea urges all customers that have an IKEA lattjo drum sticks and lattjo tongue drum to immediately stop using it and to return it to any Ikea store for a full refund,” the recall notice said.

And in late December, Wedgwood recalled its Peter Rabbit silver-plated baby rattle – also because of a choking hazard.

The iron beads – with a diameter of six to eight millimetres – at each end of the product could be released if it came into contact with water or was subjected to pressure.

“If the defect occurs, the beads could potentially pose a choking hazard to young children,” the notice said.

The rattle was sold at multiple stores, including Myer and David Jones, and should be returned for a full refund.

“The recalls website features recalls concerned with safety issues in products that could cause potential harm so it’s an important resource for everyone to check,” acting NSW Fair Trading Commissioner John Tansey said.

“Make sure you are not using recalled products. If you have bought a product that has been recalled, you have certain rights, depending on the way the recall is conducted, so check with the supplier for details.”

The Big W water bottles in the following eight products are being recalled. The article number is on the swing tag at the back of the backpack. 4PC BACKPACK BNDLE CLR PURPLE/PINK (Article Number: 944011)4PC BACKPACK BNDLE CLR BLACK/GREY (Article Number: 944008)4PC BACKPACK BNDLE CLR BLUE/ORANGE (Article Number: 944009)4PC BACKPACK BNDLE CLRLIME/GREY (Article Number: 944010)4PC PRINT BPACK ST DESIGN CAMOUFLAGE (Article Number: 944004)4PC PRINT BPACK ST DESIGN PINEAPPLE (Article Number: 944007)4PC PRINT BPACK ST DESIGN FLAMINGO (Article Number: 944005)4PC PRINT BPACK ST DESIGN SOCCER (Article Number: 944006)

Big W customers can call a toll-free service number for more information on 1300 244 999.

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