HONG KONG — Samsonite International SA pulled its "Tokyo Chic" line of luggage from Hong Kong stores Monday after a local consumer group reported finding high levels of compounds linked to cancer in the handles. The company insisted the bags were safe.
The Hong Kong Consumer Council said last week it found that the side handles on three Samsonite suitcases had higher levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons than recommended in voluntary guidelines.
The compounds are commonly found in plastics, rubber, and lubricating oil, and it's possible that traces were left during manufacturing, the council said. They compounds have been known to cause cancer and birth defects in animals.
The Tokyo Chic line is not being pulled from other markets.