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Parents Warned Of Dangers Of Mermaid Tail Xmas Present

Parents have been warned about the potential dangers of "mermaid tails" for their children this Christmas.

The pool toy lets users swim like a mermaid, by binding their feet into a single fin, or their whole legs together in a tail.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe and consumer advocacy group CHOICE issued a warning about the toys on Saturday.

Although, a Fair Trading spokeswoman said there have been no reports of the tails causing injury or drownings in Australia, the caution is preemptive as parents are urged to think twice before purchasing.

The warning points to a video posted in the US in June, showing a young girl appearing to become stuck upside down under water.

Luckily she is okay after her mother acted quickly to pull her up.

CHOICE head of media Tom Godfrey warned parents in a statement.

“These aquatic toys could present a risk for a young child, particularly if they are not a strong swimmer,” Mr Godfrey said.

“The video is quite harrowing and should serve as a timely reminder to all parents to be vigilant about water safety.”

Source: News.com.au

Photo: Consumer WA

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