About 6,700 pairs of girls' sandals have been recalled by distributor Nine West Footwear amid fears that children could cut themselves on tacks which might come loose.

The voluntary safety alert was raised by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Nine West. It advised consumers to return the products immediately for a full refund.

Metal tacks in the Sam & Libby Girl's Thong Sandals, which help to join the sides of the strap to the sole, can detach or be pulled out, posing what the Commission called "a laceration hazard".

No injuries from the products, in the Fish, Starfish and Angelfish models and sold in girls' sizes six to 12, have so far been reported.

The sandals were made in China and sold through Stride Rite, Brothers, Century 21 and Marshalls stores nationwide from March to April this year, priced at US$12-20.