Fears over 'exploding' patio tables from Argos and Asda

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Families are being warned that glass patio tables from popular retailers such as Asda and Argos may 'explode' in hot weather this summer.

A wave of reports surfaced in 2015 of glass tables spontaneously shattering for no apparent reason.

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The only link seemed to be that the tables had recently been exposed to warm weather.

With temperatures heating up again recently and Brits enjoying sunshine in their outside space, a fresh spate of 'exploding' tables have been reported.

Barry Williams told how the £130 glass-top table he bought from ASDA "exploded into a thousand pieces" just moments after his children had been sat beside it.

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Barry's three children had been sat at the table only seconds before it shattered

Mr Williams said his three children, Brooke, nine, twins Roxy and Rudy, seven, and Mireya, three, were playing in the garden and sitting around the Asda table when his wife Kerry, 37, called them in for dinner.

Just seconds later they heard the table "explode" in a loud bang, which Mr Williams, 44, said sounded like "someone had put a brick through it."

The contract manager, from Drayton in Portsmouth, Hants, has demanded Asda recall their 'Miami eight piece patio set' which he bought last August and is still on sale.

Argos exploding patio tables

Mr Williams said the table should be recalled by Asda

"We were only a minute from disaster", Mr Williams said

Mr Williams said: "We were only a minute from disaster.

"We usually have our dinner out there on the table in summer evenings but we were in a bit of a rush to get my daughter to gymnastics so we ate inside.

"Literally one minute later we heard a big explosion, it completely took us by surprise as you can imagine.

"The table had exploded into a thousand pieces - my first thought was someone put a brick through it.

"My next door neighbour came running over and said she saw all the glass go flying in the air after it exploded."

Lindsay McGladdery reported a similar nightmare scenario in Torquay.

She had been sitting around a £199 Argos Sicily table with her sister and three children just half an hour before it exploded.

Lindsay Jayne McGladdery posted about her table exploding on Facebook

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Claire Louise also posted images of a shattered Argos patio table

There have been claims that hot weather causes the patio tables to explode

Posting an image of the carnage to Argos' Facebook page she added: "Bought this patio set from you last year!

"Really hot yesterday, but surely your products are tested to endure such heat!! Exploded in on itself!

"A near miss!! My children could have been seriously hurt!!

"Your still selling this product! Urgent recall! Very upset, very dangerous! Want answers now!"

In response to Lindsay's post, Claire Louise said the same thing had happened with her Argos table.

ASDA responded to reports of exploding tables in 2015 with a lengthy post on its website.

It says the 'toughened' glass used in such products is designed to shatter into tiny pieces and says heat does not cause the explosions.

It instead suggests the tables which smash instantly are chipped or have damage.

Credits: Lindsay Jayne McGladdery/Facebook

It says: "Toughened glass is designed to shatter into lots of tiny pieces when damaged.

"This is a safety feature to reduce the risk of injury, as it doesn't form large and jagged shards.

"Heat from the sun will not cause the glass to shatter. "

"In rare instances, if toughened glass is damaged, for example chips and scratches, it can lead to the glass breaking seemingly of its own accord.

"Damage to the glass (not always visible) can get worse over time until it reaches a critical point when it may shatter."

Argos apologised to Mrs McGladdery and offered a refund.

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