Warning issued over counterfeit children’s hats which can cause strangulation

PUBLISHED: 15:53 02 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:26 02 January 2014

Examples of the counterfeit hats which could harm children

Examples of the counterfeit hats which could harm children


Dangerous counterfeit hats for children which can cause strangulation have been found on sale in Kent.

Trading standards officers from Kent County Council have issued a warning to parents after seizing knockoff versions of Hello Kitty and Sponge Bob Square Pants hats.

The hats, which are made in China and cost between £5 and £10, are made to be fastened under the chin but do not release if caught on something.

The council said safety tests showed the under-chin ties form a “noose” which does not break under pressure.

The hats are of well-known cartoon characters, also including the Minions from the Despicable Me films.

The council’s trading standards manager Mark Rolfe said: “These hats present a very real risk of strangulation to children.

“We are very concerned that they will have made highly appealing Christmas gifts and that any child wearing one will be in danger.

“Strangulation caused by badly-designed clothing has caused the death of children.

“We recommend that, if you have any of these hats in your home, you dispose of them immediately and report the purchase to Trading Standards.”

The hats were seized from a market stall and there are fears they could be on sale at markets across the county.

For further advice, call Trading Standards on 08454 040506.

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