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From Products Liability Law Daily, March 2, 2017

680K Oball rattles recalled for choking hazard

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Kids II Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, has recalled around 680,000 Oball rattles because the clear plastic disc on the outside of the ball can break, releasing small beads and posing a choking hazard to young children. An additional 17,000 rattles were sold in Canada (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 17-104, March 2, 2017).

Incidents and injuries. The firm has received 42 reports of the plastic disc breaking and releasing small beads, including two reports of beads found in children’s mouths and three reports of gagging.

Product description. This recall involves Oball rattles in pink, blue, green, and orange with model number 81031 printed on the inner surface of one of the plastic discs and on the packaging. The balls have 28 finger holes and measure four inches in diameter. Embedded in the rattles are a clear plastic disc with all orange beads and two clear plastic discs with beads of varying colors on the perimeter. Only rattles with date codes T0486, T1456, T2316, T2856, and T3065 located on a small triangle on the inner surface of the rattle are included in the recall. The first three numbers represent the day of the year and the last digit represents the year of production.

These Oball rattles, which were manufactured in China, were sold at Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and other retailers nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, Babyhaven.com, Diapers.com, ToysRUs.com, Walgreens.com, and other online retailers from January 2016 through February 2017 for between $5 and $7.

Remedy. Consumers should take these recalled rattles away from young children immediately and contact the firm to receive a full refund.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Kids II toll-free at 877-243-7314 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.kidsii.com and click on "Recalls" at the bottom of the page.

Companies: Kids II Inc.

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