The Market Surveillance Directorate with the Technical Regulations Division of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority, MCCAA, has withdrawn from the market a number of swimming floats intended for babies.
These floats have been found to pose a serious risk of drowning, as a result of the following reasons:
- The flat bottom of the floats implies instability, and thus an increased chance of toppling over;
- Because the floats have a large surface area to volume ratio, there is a greater possibility of the float with the child being carried away by currents.
These factors have led the Directorate to take the necessary precautions and ensure the withdrawal of this product from the local market.
Consumers who may have purchased these floats are to refrain from using them with immediate effect, and are to return them to the point of purchase.
The Directorate reminds manufacturers and importers about the importance of placing safe products on the market. Besides, those responsible for placing their products on the market are to ensure the products conform with the applicable legislation.
For additional information one can contact the MCCAA on 2395 2000 or by email on [email protected]