RIVER Island is recalling a range of clothes that have been made with harmful chemicals that could poison shoppers and make them ill.
The fashion outlet has issued a warning over a tassel playsuit, a sequin embellished cami top and a diamante hoodie over fears that have been made with lead.
5 The tassels on the legs of the playsuit are made with “excessive levels” of leadCredit: River Island
In a separate notice is has also pulled a check dress and blouse from shelves because the pearl brooch sewn onto the collar contains cadmium.
The recall notice said that both chemicals “present a serious risk to the health of anyone wearing or handling the products”.
Exposure to high levels of lead can cause anaemia, make you weak, and even cause serious harm to your kidneys and brain damage.
Short term health effects of lead poisoning, which is more likely to be experienced by shoppers who have the clothes at home, include constipation, tiredness headaches and loss of appetite.
5 The metals tassels on the orange cami top could be dangerousCredit: River Island
5 The bits of metal on the draw strings on the hoodie contain leadCredit: River Island
Meanwhile, cadmium is usually found in rechargeable batteries and cigarette smoke and can affect your kidneys, lungs and bones.
The embellished playsuit is covered in blue, black and green sequins with a wrap-around body and has a product number of 714210.
The tassels along the bottom of the shorts are the bits that have been made with lead.
The metal tassels on the sequins on the burnt orange cami top are also believed to be unsafe. Check for the product number of 720271 on the label.
5 The pearl brook on the collar of the blouse is made with CadmiumCredit: River Island
5 The dress is also made with the same brooch made with dangerous chemicalsCredit: River Island
The bits of metal on the draw ties that tighten the hood on the diamante jumper may also be dangerous. It has a product number of 725642.
These clothes were sold in store and online from October 2018.
The check dress has a product code of 723969, while the blouse is 723975 and both can be found on the label.
They were both also sold online and in stores from July 2018.
Your product recall rightsPRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.
As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.
But it’s often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.
If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.
When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don’t there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.
If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.
They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.
In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full redund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.
You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.
Shoppers who have any of these clothes at home are being urged to stop using them immediately, and keep them away from children.
Instead, they should return the whole product to your nearest River Island store or by post in exchange for a full refund, including postage if necessary.
You can find your nearest store here or contact the customer service team on 03445766444 for more information on how to post it back.
The retailer said in the recall notice: “We thank you for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience.”
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