The LED wristbands distributed at Saturday night’s AFL Grand Last in Brisbane have been urgently recalled after a security hazard was recognized by Product Security Australia.
In a historic first, the 2020 AFL Grand Last was held below lights on the Gabba, reasonably than the normal afternoon timeslot.
Utilising the twilight circumstances, over 31,000 LED wristbands have been distributed to the spectators in attendance, which lit up all through halftime efficiency by pop band Sheppard.
The gimmick has additionally been utilized by musicians Taylor Swift and Coldplay throughout world excursions.
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Nevertheless, the wristbands have since been recognized by Product Security Australia as a possible choking hazard, and the promotional merchandise has been recalled.
“The battery compartment of the wristband shouldn’t be adequately secured and the button batteries within the product are simply accessible,” the Product Safety Australia website said.
“If younger youngsters achieve entry to the button batteries and ingest them, they might endure inner burn accidents, which may end up in severe sickness and even loss of life. As well as, the batteries might pose a choking hazard to younger youngsters.
“Shoppers who acquired a free promotional wristband ought to instantly eliminate the wristband by inserting it in an outdoor family garbage bin, out of attain of youngsters.”
We’re investigating reviews about wristbands containing button batteries provided on the Gabba in the course of the AFL Grand Last, which will not be correctly secured. In the event you acquired these wristbands, eliminate them with out exposing the batteries, which will be extraordinarily dangerous to children. pic.twitter.com/XaUFmnxgCf
— ACCC Product Security (@ACCCProdSafety) October 26, 2020
An SMS message has been despatched to ticket holders for Saturday’s match between the Richmond Tigers and Geelong Cats, urging spectators to “instantly dispose” of the wristbands.
“A shocked emergency paediatrician took simply two seconds to show the batteries, which, if swallowed by youngsters can burn via tissues inside hours,” charitable organisation Kidsafe Queensland stated in a press release.
“Warn others. Share with anybody you realize who attended the sport to instantly eliminate the bands within the bin. Don’t expose the batteries.”
Kidsafe Queensland chief govt Susan Teerds stated the LED gadgets proved why laws was wanted for obligatory regulation of button batteries.
“We’ve been this for seven years … we’ve carried out quite a lot of campaigns,” Teerds stated, as reported by ABC News.
“I nonetheless can’t consider that advertising and marketing individuals suppose that these ineffective little flashing gadgets are applicable to place out into the general public house the place they might trigger the loss of life or severe harm of a kid.
“In the event you think about there might need been 30,000 attendees … that’s 60,000 batteries which are killers, out within the public.
“If you realize anyone who attended the AFL grand last you must contact them instantly as a result of it is a very pressing, life-threatening scenario.
“Discover the wristband, don’t take the batteries out, and put it within the bin.”
The AFL has been contacted for remark.
Initially revealed as Urgent text sent to AFL ticket holders