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Oakley mum's toy bike safety concerns
Evie Baker, two, and her brother Jacob, five, of Pack Lane, Oakley, with the toy bike from Toys R Us, on which they both had accidents
A MUM is calling on a major retailer to do more to encourage parents to take safety steps after her children were injured falling off a toy bike.
Samantha Baker bought the bike from Toys R Us two years ago for her son Jacob, who is now five.
Last year, Jacob fell off the front of the bike and split open his eyebrow.
Mrs Baker, of Pack Lane, Oakley, thought it was a simple accident and allowed her three-year-old daughter Evie to ride the bike.
But in September, Evie also fell off the bike and cut open her lip, damaging her two front teeth.
Mrs Baker has written a letter of complaint to Toys R Us to highlight her concerns about the bike.
The 37-year-old said: “The bike is very lightweight. Therefore, as soon as the bike hits a lump or bump in the ground, particularly at slow speeds, the child’s weight, along with the forward motion, means that the bike simply flips over and he or she lands face first.”
Mrs Baker has also asked Toys R Us why the bike is not sold with safety advice suggesting that protective headgear is worn, adding: “All of the product images show children riding without protective helmets.”
The exact bike Mrs Baker and her husband Aaron, 34, bought is no longer available at Toys R Us, but similar versions are still sold, including the Shark motorbike ride priced at £34.99 and the Disney Cars Moto Feber which costs £39.99.
Mrs Baker said: “Evie has been in a lot of pain and distress. It’s been a bit of a nightmare. The bike is going in the bin now.”
Mike Coogan, marketing director for Toys R Us, said: “We have written to the customer to say that this product has been on sale for two years and passes all European safety.
“We sold just over 25,000 units last year, and many thousands this year, and have never experienced this type of issue in the past. Whilst we are sympathetic towards the customer, it’s a very rare occurrence.”