Recently I purchased a toy for my soon to be born child. I went to a reputable high street store, Mothercare.
The toy was a large stripy giraffe, http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Large-Stripy-Giraffe/904438%2Cdefault%2Cpd.html.
The UPC/EAN barcode number for this item is 5021469044386.
I washed it ready to be packed into the hospital case as his (yes it’s going to be a boy – we checked!) following the simple instructions.
I noticed that some of the stitching had come undone and that the ribbons making up the mane had frayed becoming a single length of nylon.
This is a clear choking hazard.
Attached are three images clearly showing the issue. They are clickable and will open to full size in a new window.
I am not the first person to have this issue with this toy, their own review page has a story very similar to my own.
★★★★★ Overall rating value is 1 of 5 stars.
Fazel76 · 15 days ago
Actually quite dangerous
My MIL bought this for my son an whilst I love it (as does my baby) I have discovered that the ribbon mane and tail is only finished athe end with a hot seal, so within weeks it had started to fray. I have had to pull long lengths of blue thread off it several times, unwrapped a thread from his fingers before it cut off the blood circulation and the last straw was my husband telling me he pulled a thread out of my babies mouth. I am returning this with a full complaint.
✘ No, I do not recommend this product.
Mothercare UK is aware of this issue but have thus far not commented on whether a recall should occur.