Children’s remote controlled cars recalled after asbestos fibres found
Tom Sargeant For Daily Mail Australia – Thursday 5 August 2021
An urgent recall has been issued on a range of remote-controlled cars sold across Australia.
Slipper pads on three models of ECX hobby cars contain the potentially deadly chrysotile asbestos and an urgent notice was issued on August 4 for purchasers to return the car.
The remote controlled cars were sold by hobby wholesaler omp.com.au to 57 shops and franchises across Australia.
Worryingly, the toys have been sold since 2016, and thousands could be in circulation, potentially causing children to inhale the asbestos.
Slipper pads on a range of children’s toy remote controlled cars have been found to release asbestos fibres with friction which could potentially be inhaled
Asbestos fibres could be potentially released by the slipper pads which are a braking mechanism used on the cars.
The recalled models include the ECX Desert Buggy, ECX Monster Truck, ECX Brutus, plus Slipper pad spare parts sold separately.
Inhalation of asbestos fibres over the long term can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestosis is the scarring of the internal lung after inhalation of the dangerous substance and mesothelioma is the tumor of the tissue that lines the heart, lungs and other organs.
‘Owners of affected vehicles must not open their vehicles. Affected vehicles should be returned to their place of purchase for repair,’ the Product Safety Australia recall reads.
‘Asbestos fibres may be released from the slipper pad in the vehicle through friction and users may be exposed to asbestos fibres if the vehicle is disassembled for repair or maintenance’.