Bonds is urging Australian parents to stop dressing babies in some of its popular baby clothes after an industrial sewing machine needle was discovered embedded into the stitching of a onesie. The company has recalled more than 17,000 articles of baby clothing including coveralls, woven dresses and cardigans.
If you have purchased a Bonds item in the past two years, then you may want to consider taking a closer look at the outfit.
The Bonds recall includes the Newbies Longsleeve Coverall (sizes 00000-0 and style no. BYKUA or BYKUW), Pop Woven Dress (sizes 000-2 and style no. BYGJA) and Beginnings Cardigan (sizes 0000-0 and style no. BZMKA or BZMKT) bought between December 2013 and August 2015.
Melbourne mother Anny Brooks found the needle embedded in the stitching inside her newborn daughter’s new Bonds suit when it scratched her hand while getting ready to put it on baby Nina (pictured above in a suit not made by Bonds) after her bath. She shared images of the coveralls, the 1.5 centimetre needle and her injured hand on Facebook earlier this week.
“Obviously it snapped off during the sewing process and was never removed,” she wrote.
“I ran my hand through it after I gave her a bath and it scratched my hand. It was intertwined in the thread. I had washed the suit beforehand and it still was stuck in there.”
“I don’t even want to think about it, it makes me sick. The scratch on my hand was red raw the next day, and my hands are like leather boots, so imagine if it was her arm,” she tells News Corp.
Bonds has confirmed a gap in the quality control process at the Chinese facility that made the garment. It notified the ACCC this week that it will recall all garments manufactured at that factory between December 2013 and August 2015.
“Child safety and comfort is first and foremost at Bonds. We were made aware this week of a sewing needle found in one of our Newbies Coverall baby suits in a 0000. We were naturally very concerned and have acted quickly to address the issue,” a statement from the company says.
The clothes have already been removed from shelves at Myer, Big W, Target and other retailers across Australia. Parents have also been asked stop using the baby clothes and return them for a refund.