Tommee Tippee recalls dummies amid choking fears

Tommee Tippee has recalled a popular brand of infant dummies after concerns they may be a choking hazard for children.

The company issued the recall today together with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, after parents reported that the recently redesigned pacifier – intended for children older than 12 months – was too small and raised concerns it could potentially get stuck in little mouths.

Parents with the 12 month plus Tommee Tippee Super Soft Comforters, sold in packs of three, can return them to stores for a replacement or refund. The 0-6 month and 6-12 month Tommee Tippee dummies are not affected by the recall.

The pacifiers are sold at major retailers including Coles, Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse and Big W.

Manufacturer Mayborn issued a statement apologising to parents. “We fully appreciate that some little ones will be very dependent on their comforter, so we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this will cause,” the statement says.

“We’ve taken these reports very seriously, so have carried out a full investigation to reconfirm that we were happy the item met our requirements on safety. The new design does meet the mandatory Australian safety standards, but our objective is that our comforters should go beyond that to ensure our customers are using the safest possible products.

“We have concluded that this comforter does not meet that objective, and it is therefore not something we are happy to continue selling. We will be redesigning it with a larger shield.”

Redesigned dummies are expected to be in stores by October 2016. For more information on the recall, check the Tommee Tippee website.


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