If you were one of the many shoppers who snapped up a $2.99 ALDI pool noodle for your kids this holidays, it may alarm you to hear that the ACCC is urging customers to return the product due to a safety defect. However, the specific cause of the recall means you have nothing to worry about (provided you're a good parent.)
Pool noodle picture from Shutterstock
The ALDI Crane Pool Noodle has been recalled due to its failure to fully comply with the labelling requirements of Consumer Protection Notice No. 2 of 2009; namely, that aquatic toys, such as pool noodles, must be permanently marked with the following warning in a contrasting colour: "WARNING - AQUATIC TOY - USE ONLY UNDER SUPERVISION."
In other words, the noodle works as designed but is missing a mandatory label. Presumably, most parents would be well aware that the ALDI Crane Pool Noodle isn't a life-saving device. Your children will be perfectly safe to continue using it under supervision — just like any other flotation device aimed at kids.
Nevertheless, the ACCC is recommending that consumers immediately cease using the device and return it to ALDI for a full refund.
We're sensing an über-cheapskate life hack here — continue to use the noodle all summer long and then return it for a refund. $3 in the bank! Woot!