NSW Fair Trading warns against use of inflatable loungers in pools

By Alice Richard
Monday, 16 January, 2017

NSW Fair Trading has warned consumers not to use inflatable air loungers in water, including in pools. A number of reports have been made of near drownings following the loungers’ lining splitting while being used in water.

These reports are being reviewed by Commonwealth, state and territory product safety regulators, led by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The product safety regulators are making enquiries to determine an appropriate response to any product safety concerns, but in the meantime they are warning consumers not to use the loungers as flotation devices in water.

Inflatable air loungers are fabric tubes that are inflated to form a lounge or bed. They can be used as an alternative to other furniture and may have an internal plastic liner in addition to an external covering. They may also be marketed as air sofas or inflatable furniture under a range of brand names, including being sold online and from overseas suppliers.

Consumers are being urged to remove inflatable air loungers from locations in or around water (including pools) and to ensure that they are not used by children as flotation devices.

Any incidents resulting from the use of inflatable air loungers can be reported to the ACCC at www.accc.gov.au or to NSW Fair Trading by telephone on 13 32 20.

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