Product advisory for the 2021 edition of the maternity package: Customers are asked to check the Laiskiainen sloth-shaped cuddly toy for possible defects

Manufacturing defects have been discovered in a small number of Laiskiainen cuddly toys included in the 2021 edition of the maternity package. The defects could potentially make the toy unsafe to use. Following the decision of the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency Tukes, the product is being removed from the market and other distribution channels. The decision applies to a single batch of the product. Any defective products will be replaced by another comforter toy.

Based on the decision of the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency Tukes, the Laiskiainen sloth-shaped cuddly toy included in the 2021 edition of the maternity package is being removed from the market. Normal use of the toy may in isolated cases cause its seams to unravel, allowing the child to reach the stuffing inside the toy. The defects affect a small number of the toys produced by Tactic Games Oy and a single batch delivered to Kela. No more Laiskiainen toys will distributed to customers.

Laiskiainen cuddly toys have been made available to customers as part of the 2021 edition of the maternity package. Customers who have received the toy are asked to check the toy for possible defects. The affected batch is identified on the care label at the side of the toy as 56798/09-2020. Customers who discover that they have a defective product are invited to contact Suomen kirjastopalvelu Oy, the distributor of the Kelo maternity package, to receive a replacement product. Only defective products are replaced. Customers with a non-defective product need not contact the distributor.

Safety is a top priority when selecting products for the maternity package.

According to Veera Petäjä, coordinator for family products at Kela, Kela works closely with other government agencies to make sure that products meet the required standards and requires bidders to provide test reports. Safety of use is of paramount importance with products such as these. “Unfortunately, a small number of products contain a manufacturing defect which was not identified in spot checks or when packaging the products for delivery to customers,” Petäjä says. As is standard for all products, test reports were required, but they failed to pick up the defect.

Suppliers sign a written agreement with Kela which commits them to product safety. All products and their materials must meet the requirements of EU and Finnish law.

Kela distributes about 30,000 maternity packages every year, containing a total of more than one million products.

The Tukes decision is based on the Consumer Safety Act (920/2011).

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Laiskiainen sloth-shaped cuddly toy

If your maternity package contains a defective product, contact the distributor Suomen kirjastopalvelu Oy by email at asiakaspalvelu@kirjastopalvelu.fi or call 09 584 0440. You will receive a new non-defective item in return. If you have other questions about the maternity package, please call the customer service number for families with children.