A children’s toy, which appears to say a four-letter word, should be taken off the shelves.

That’s according to Linthwaite grandfather Joe McManus who bought the Little Tikes ‘My First Remote Control’ for his 18-month old grandson, Vinnie.

The talking remote control, bought for £4.50 from Asda, off Bradford Road, is supposed to teach children how to read numbers.

But when the ‘6’ button is pressed the toy emits a sound bizarrely akin to the f-word.

On further listens it becomes apparent that the toy is trying to say ‘six’.

Click on the video below to listen - and make your own mind up

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But due to the indistinct tone, the sampled woman’s voice sounds like a four-letter expletive.

Mr McManus, 61, said: “Vinnie was sat playing with it and I thought it didn’t sound right.

“Asda were really good and they took it off the shelf.”

But the Examiner purchased one such remote control from the Brackenhall store on Saturday.

In a blind test, conducted at the Examiner office, almost all respondents thought the toy was saying the f-word.

Mr McManus said: “I’m surprised no-one else has picked up on it.

“It’s clearly not deliberate but I don’t think it should be on the shelves.”

Little Tikes First Remote Control - bought by Joe McManus for his grandson Vinnie Lydall which appears to say the f word
Little Tikes First Remote Control - bought by Joe McManus for his grandson Vinnie Lydall which appears to say the f word
 

He added: “I sent emails to Little Tikes the same day who said it wasn’t their problem and advised that I got in touch with the distributors, so I sent them an email and received no reply...

“I am a dedicated shopper at Asda and have no qualms with the company; I just think there has been a breakdown in communications in the customer service department.”

A spokesperson for Little Tikes and Asda said: “The quality and performance of our products is our top priority and all our toys go through rigorous testing to make sure they meet UK and EU standards.

“This product is compliant with all tests and standards and we’ve conducted a thorough investigation, which has found no fault with its performance.

“However, if a customer is ever unhappy with one of our products, we’re happy to refund it.”

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