Recently, Kids II was forced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall nearly 700,00 Oball rattles manufactured last years, after multiple parents reported the toys were prone to breaking, releasing small beads that babies could choke on if swallowed.
Up to date, nearly 17,000 Oball rattles have been recalled in Canada and 68,000 in the U.S. According to the company, the recall affects the model numbers 81548 and 81031, made and sold last year.
Kids II Oball Rattles
The baby rattles recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission has 28 4-inch finger holes with disc-shaped plastic containers filled with small beads. As it turns out, one of the discs is prone to breaking, releasing the beads. Because they are brightly colored, the children are tempted to eat them. However, if swallowed, the beads could choke the children, which can lead to serious injuries and even death, officials say.
Up to this point, 42 reports flew in stating the clear disc broke and subsequently released the colorful beads. Out of the total number of cases reported, on two occasions the parents found beads inside the mouths of their children, and three little ones chocked on them.
In light of these events, the company has announced the recall on its official Facebook page, mentioning details of the recall. According to the CPSC, only rattles in blue, green, orange, and pink, with certain date codes pose a threat to children. Hence, the products recalled bear the T0486, T1456, T 2316, T 2856, and T3065 etched inside the triangle of the rattle.
Furthermore, the products were sold both online, as well as in retail shops between January 2016 and February 2017. Walmart, Walgreens, Target, Babyhaven.com, Amazon.com, Diapers.com, and ToysRUs.com sold the rattles for prices between $5 to $7.
Returning the Flawed Products
CPSC officials urged any parents that still own any of the Kids II harmful rattles should take them away from children and ask the company for a full refund. They can do that by contacting the company at 877-243-7314 from March 6th to March 9th between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, parents have the option of visiting Kids II’s official website and ask for a full refund of the product.
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