McDonald's has issued a recall for more than two million Hello Kitty toys included in the company's Happy Meals.
The plastic Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop toy may pose a choking risk for children. The whistle inside the toy can be removed and used to make sounds by inhaling and exhaling, reports CNN. At least two children have sucked the whistles into their mouths, with one requiring medical treatment.
What are the details of this latest toy recall?
Toys Distributed in U.S., Canada
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2.3 million of the Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop toys were distributed in the United States with an additional 200,000 distributed in Canada. The toy is a red whistle inside a plastic Hello Kitty figurine measuring 3 inches in height and width. The whistle is about 1 3/4 inches in height and 3/4 of an inch deep with pictures of Hello Kitty on both sides. The bag the toy is packaged in includes the text "“Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop” with the number 6 in the package's top right corner.
The toys were distributed at McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. and Canada between from October of this year through November in both Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals.
What Should Consumers Do With Recalled Products?
McDonalds has recovered around 1.6 million of the toys, according to a statement posted on the company's website. Consumers who still have one of the recalled toys should immediately take the toy away from children and return it to the nearest McDonald's restaurant. The company will replace the toy with a different toy and is also offering a yogurt tube or bag of apple slices to consumers who bring in a recalled toy.
Consumers with questions can call (800) 244-6227 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT, seven days a week. Consumers who wish to report an injury related to this product can report an incident to the Consumer Product Safety Commission via the agency's online report filing system.
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