Fife Councils Trading Standards Team are warning consumers about unsafe baby swimming aids.

The swim rings, which are intended to fit around a baby’s neck, were purchased from a local trader who sells from online marketplaces. When submitted for testing the swim rings failed the appropriate European Standard for a number of reasons.

Dawn Adamson, Fife Trading Standards Service Manager warned: “These rings were found not to provide adequate buoyancy if the air chamber fails, risking the baby being suddenly and unexpectedly submerged.

"They also had small parts which could easily detach and become a choking hazard.

"Add to this the plastics used in manufacture were found to contain harmful chemicals and it becomes clear this is not a safe product for babies or children.”

Advice from Trading Standards when buying this type of product is to look for the CE mark.

It should appear on the product and packaging along with details of the manufacturer or importer.

Buying from well known retailers who specialise in this type of equipment can also ensure you get a safe product.

Consumer advice is provided by Consumer Advice Scotland helpline on 0808 164 6000 or at where you can also make and online complaint or enquiry.