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Argos Investigating Fibre Optic Christmas Tree Concerns

Child Electrocuted By Faulty Product


High street retailer Argos has launched an investigation after a two-year-old boy suffered an electric shock from a fibre optic Christmas tree bought at one of its stores.

Billy Allard was hospitalised with burn injuries to his hands and nose and also needed an ECG to check his heart rate following the incident, which occurred as he was helping his mother decorate the tree at their home in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Argos has since released a statement outlining that it takes customer safety seriously and would be conducting an investigation to determine what caused the problem.

Irwin Mitchell’s team of product liability claims specialist have welcomed the move and said it is vital that action is taken to gain more information about what happened.

Andre Grayson, an expert in such cases at national law firm, said: “Consumers put their faith and trust in retailers that the products they buy meet the necessary safety regulations enforced in both the UK and the EU.

“This incident is clearly very worrying and it will now be important for Argos to work quickly to determine whether this is an isolated incident or whether other trees with a similar specification could also be affected.

“Ultimately, the aim must be to ensure the safety of consumers and understand what can be done to prevent an incident of this nature from happening again.”

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