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Samsonite recalls 250,000 cases after traces of cancer-risk chemical found in handles

June 20, 2012 - London

Luggage maker Samsonite is recalling 250,000 suitcases after tests by a consumer group found traces of cancer-risk chemical in handles on the luxury bags.

According to The Daily Mail, the move came after Hong Kong's Consumer Council reported that a sample it tested had levels of poly- cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that were higher than recommended in voluntary guidelines.

The compounds are commonly found in plastics, rubber and lubricating oil and it is possible that traces were left during manufacturing, the council said.he recall relates to the Tokyo Chic brand, which is part of the American Tourister range.

Samsonite will even be recalling bags that were sold through online forums.amsonite, a US company, pulled the line from Hong Kong stores earlier this week to replace the side handles.

The company said it would take about a week to replace the handles on 30,000 cases still in stock.

In Hong Kong, about 800 people have contacted the company about the suitcases and about 240 have asked for the handles on their bags to be replaced, Ramesh Tainwala, Samsonite's Asia-Pacific and Middle East president.


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