Urgent safety warning to parents over soft toys found at funfair as experts say they ‘could be deadly’

PARENTS have been warned over soft toys given to kids at a funfair amid fears they could be “deadly”.

More than 400 soft toys have been seized from Hull FairEurope‘s largest travelling fair that’s attended by thousands of people – but it’s believed some could have already taken the toys home.

The popular children's toys 'Huggy Wuggy' and 'Huggy Wuggy Baby Long Legs' have been seized from Hull Fair over concerns it could lead to suffocation and injury3

The popular children’s toys ‘Huggy Wuggy’ and ‘Huggy Wuggy Baby Long Legs’ have been seized from Hull Fair over concerns it could lead to suffocation and injuryCredit: Poppy Playtime
Anyone who acquired the toy should remove it from their child immediately and contact Citizen's Advice3

Anyone who acquired the toy should remove it from their child immediately and contact Citizen’s AdviceCredit: Amazon
Hull Fair is Europe's largest travelling fair with thousands attending every year3

Hull Fair is Europe’s largest travelling fair with thousands attending every yearCredit: Hull Fair

Concerns have been raised over ‘Huggy Wuggy’ and ‘Huggy Wuggy Baby Long Legs’ toys, which could lead to serious injury in young children.

Chris Wilson, Trading Standards Officer at Hull City Council said: “Anyone who acquired either toy at Hull Fair should ensure it is removed from their children immediately and contact Citizen’s Advice in the first instance.”

Poor stitching on the toy’s seam means it could easily come undone, leaving sharp wires exposed.

Wilson added: “The poor stitching has enough space for a finger to fit through and the seams are very weak.

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“A small child could easily get access to the filling inside, presenting a significant choking hazard.

“We’ve identified these products as presenting a high risk of suffocation.”

“Additionally, the ‘Baby Long Legs’ version of the toy is constructed with sharp wire which could pierce the skin.”

Any colour variation could be affected – not just those in the photos.

Parents are being asked to immediately take the toy from their little ones if they have one.

According to Hull City Council the toys, which are made in South Korea, aren’t correctly labelled and fall short of legal safety standards.

It’s not clear how the toys made their way into the fun fair as another batch was rejected at the UK border in July over safety concerns.

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Hull Fair is yet to comment on the incident but Hull City Council has said that people “should be able to enjoy the fair and toys brought back from there safely”.

Further tests are being carried out on the plush toys and those that have acquired them are being urged to contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 or visit the website.

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