Hungry Jack’s Garfield toy recalled over safety risk

A Garfield toy included in Hungry Jack’s children’s meals that contains button batteries has been recalled for safety reasons.

Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria Nicole Rich has issued an urgent public warning over a toy promoting the film Garfield after it failed to meet button battery standards under Australian consumer law.

“The toy does not comply with the mandatory notification standard for products containing coin-cell batteries and does not contain the required warnings about the dangers of coin-cell batteries,” the public warning reads.

“There is a risk of suffocation or serious injury if young children gain access to button batteries and swallow or insert them into their bodies.

“I have decided to issue this public warning because consumers may not know that the product contains coin cell batteries.”

According to the Consumer Affairs Victoria website, button batteries can burn the esophagus (swallowing tube) of children after just two hours, causing internal burns, severe bleeding or death.

Customers are urged to exercise caution, especially when children have access to the toy, and to keep batteries out of reach of children.

On its website, Hungry Jack’s said customers of the toys it gave away at its restaurants between May 20 and 30 of this year can return them to Hungry Jack’s restaurants for a replacement toy without a battery or for disposal.

“Another option is to dispose of them safely,” the website said.

For further information, customers can contact Hungry Jack Customer Service on 1300 852 326 or hja.customerservice@hungryjacks.com.au.

The Department of Consumer Affairs Victoria will continue to investigate the matter.

Anyone who is unsure about the safety of a product can call Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81.

Parents or guardians who suspect that a child has swallowed or inserted a button battery should call the Poisons Information Center on 13 11 26 for urgent advice.

If the child has difficulty breathing, call triple-0 immediately.

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