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Baby float recall expanded over drowning hazard

Health Canada has expanded a July recall of inflatable baby floats manufactured by Aqua-Leisure Industries because of a possible drowning hazard.

The expanded recall includes three additional types of baby floats.

The newly affected products have dates between "08/02" and "07/08" moulded on their air valves. They come in a number of styles, models and colours.

The newly recalled products are listed below:

  • The Silly Seahorse Sunshade Float, identified by model number SA-3223/24WM. It is a purple and orange inflatable float that resembles a seahorse, has a blue vinyl seat bucket and has a purple inflatable adjustable sunshade.
  • The Playful Puppy Sunshade Float, identified by model number SA-3223/24WM. The float is coloured red, yellow and pink and resembles a dog. It has a yellow vinyl seat bucket and a yellow and pink adjustable sunshade.
  • The Baby Nessie Sunshade Float, identified by model number BN0700. It is a purple and green dinosaur inflatable float that comes with a green vinyl seat bucket and a yellow inflatable adjustable sunshade.

The names and model numbers can be found on the packaging.

Health Canada said the leg straps on the float seats can tear, which can cause children to fall into the water and possibly drown. Parents are advised to immediately stop children from using the floats and contact Aqua-Leisure for information on a refund.

About 21,000 of the products were sold at Wal-Mart and Toys 'R' Us stores across Canada between 2007 and 2008.

There have been no reports of injuries or incidents associated with use of the floats.

Consumers can contact Aqua-Leisure at 1-866-807-3998.