Australian company Medela has issued a recall on one of its products, particularly the Medela Australia Pty Ltd Detachable wall plug for AC power adapter for Medela Swing, Swing Maxi, Swing Essentials, Swing Premium and Freestyle Breastpumps.
Sold in Australia through Baby Bunting, Toys ‘R’ Us, Target, Chemist Warehouse, and independent retailers, the affected item came with the following models of Medela breastpump: SwingTM, Swing EssentialsTM, Swing PremiumTM, Swing MaxiTM, and FreestyleTM.
“The breastpumps are supplied with one of three types of detachable wall plug that connect the AC power adaptor to the wall socket, of which only the one on the right of the photo below is affected,” the a report by Mums Grapevine.
Note, however, that if your wall plug markings (seen in the image below on the left) or a white dot (center photo) on the back of it then it is not affected.
The product is being recalled because the wall plug could split in some cases, exposing a live metallic contact and creating a risk of electric shock.
Parents who own the affected products are recommended to stop using them immediately. If the product splits while attached to the wall, do not attempt to remove it until power to that outlet has been switched off.
Customers can also acquire a replacement product by registering their details at www.medela.com.au or calling Medela Australia on 1800 787 345.
The replacement wall plug will be available from 15 August 2016.
For further information, please contact Medela Australia Pty Ltd Customer Service on 1800 787 345 between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, or email [email protected] or visit www.medela.com.au
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What to do during product recalls
Awareness of what products have been recalled can be the difference between life and death for your children.
As parents, there are certain things you can to do make sure no harm will come to your family.
“Knowing about and responding to product recalls can be a lifesaver,” says Scott Wolfson, spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in a Parents story.
Typically, once a recall is initiated CPSC (www.cpsc.gov) issues a press release that is distributed and then posted to its website.
“It’s really important they do something and not take the ‘cross the fingers and hope it doesn’t happen to you’ approach,” says Jennifer Toney, founder of www.WeMakeitSafer.com.
The website collects and analyzes data from recalled products. They also help parents identify which products have been recalled.
It may sound simplistic but an efficient way to protect children from potentially dangerous products is to heed the recall.
“If a crib is recalled and the warning is that children should not be allowed to sleep in it until the hazard is fixed, then a safe alternative sleeping arrangement should be found,” said the Parents story. “If the solution to a recall is that a small part should be kept away from young children, there’s good reason to do that.”
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