An urgent warning has been issued to parents as a large quantity of popular bath toys has been recalled due to incidents of children being "impaled."
Over seven million "Baby Shark" toys are being recalled because they pose a significant risk to children's safety.
The specific issue stems from children slipping and falling on the "hard plastic top fin of the shark." The bath toy models affected by the recall are the "Robo Alive Junior Baby Shark Sing & Swim Bath Toys" (full-size) and the "Robo Alive Junior Mini Baby Shark Swimming Bath Toys" (mini-size).
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), these particular bath toys pose serious hazards such as impalement, lacerations, and punctures. While the recall is currently in effect only in the United States, it's important to note that these same toys are also sold to British consumers.
There have been at least 12 reported cases of children sustaining impalement injuries caused by the recalled full-sized toys. There have been no reports of injuries from the recalled mini-sized toys.
The CPSC said: "They have a hard plastic top fin, measure about 4-inches from nose to tail and were sold in three colors: yellow, pink and blue.
"They were sold individually, in packs of two or three, and as part of a Baby Shark Music Water Park playset."
Further information can be found on the CPSC website here with a brief overview below.
When using the recalled bath toys, particularly in a bathtub or wading pool, a child can slip and fall or sit onto the hard plastic top fin of the shark, posing risks of impalement, lacerations and punctures.
About 7.5 million (6.5 million Baby Shark bath toys and 1 million Mini Baby Shark bath toys)