IKEA recalls BLÅVINGAD fishing game multicolour over choking risk; no Singapore incidents reported

Customers can return the toy to any IKEA store for a full refund without a receipt

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Small rivets of the toy can come loose, which poses choking hazard, especially for young children, according to IKEA.
Small rivets of the toy can come loose, which poses choking hazard, especially for young children, according to IKEA. (PHOTO: IKEA)

SINGAPORE — Swedish furniture giant IKEA is recalling its BLÅVINGAD fishing game over choking concerns and has advised customers to stop using it.

In a statement on Tuesday (21 March), IKEA said on their website that the small rivets of the toy can come loose, which can pose a choking hazard, especially for younger children.

No such incidents have been reported in Singapore, IKEA said in their statement.

"Safety is a top priority for IKEA and therefore we are taking precautionary measures and recalling BLÅVINGAD fishing game multi-colour, due to a potential choking hazard," IKEA said.

"IKEA develops its products using a rigorous risk assessment and testing program, to make sure that the products live up to all applicable laws and standards in the markets where they are sold."

Returns are accepted at any IKEA store without a receipt for a full refund.

For more information, the public can contact the Ikea customer contact centre at 6786-6868.

"IKEA apologises for any inconvenience this recall may cause," the Swedish home furnishing giant added.

According to the manufacturer, the BLÅVINGAD collection is "designed to spark play and curiosity about the world’s largest habitat, from tots to tweens".

"From our IKEA Kids’ Advisory Panel 2020, we learned that kids are very concerned about the ocean. Children want adults to listen to their fears because caring for the ocean is vital for the planet," IKEA said on their website about the collection.

Some of the items in the collection are made using recycled materials, including those made from ocean-bound plastic, where possible.

The collection also includes items such as soft toys, rugs, bath towels, and cushions.

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