Some more alarming news has come to light from the far East.
A consumer group in Hong Kong has claimed that the handles used in the Samsonite's Tokyo Chic line of luggage contains high levels of a chemical that may cause cancer. The scare has caused Samsonite International to pull the products in-question from retail shelves.
A spokesperson for the suitcase manufacturer says an independent test of their handles indicated that their bags were, in fact, safe for use.
“The company’s independent test results found PAH levels that were significantly lower than those reported by the Consumer Council,” the company said in a statement. “The company continually monitors applicable legal requirements and strives to ensure that its products meet not only legal standards but also the highest standards of product quality and safety.”
To support the consumer group claims a Hong Kong Consumer Council released a report last week stating that the side handles for Samsonite’s Tokyo Chic line contained high levels of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), a chemical that has been linked to cancer.
The company has stated they will be replacing “next-generation handle” to calm the fears of consumers.
Stay tuned for updates.