McDonald’s recalls kids’ meal fitness trackers

McDonald’s recalls kids’ meal fitness trackers

Wristbands linked to skin irritations, blisters

McDonald’s Corp. this week recalled about 33 million fitness tracker wristbands distributed in kids’ meals after reports of skin irritations and blisters.

Last week, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based burger chain stopped distributing the “Step-iT” wristbands after reports of the irritations and burns. This week, the operator issued a voluntary recall for 29 million wristbands distributed at U.S. units and 3.6 million wristbands distributed at Canadian restaurants.

The company received more than 70 reports of incidents with the wristband, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Those included seven reports of blisters.

“Take the wristbands away from children immediately and return them to any McDonald’s restaurant for a replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or a bag of apple slices,” the company said on its website.

The company said it was voluntarily recalling the Step-iT Activity Wristbands in both the activity counter and light-up band versions.

McDonald’s added that it had evaluated the safety of the wristbands through a third-party laboratory and they were determined to be safe. 

“While we do not yet know what may be causing these incidents, we believe it is appropriate to recall these wristbands from consumers in an abundance of caution,” the company said.

The wristbands were distributed from Aug. 9 through Aug. 17 in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals in both the United States and Canada.

Further information on the recall is available at the website or by calling McDonald’s at (800) 244-6227 between 7a.m. CDT and 7 p.m. CDT.

Contact Ron Ruggless at [email protected]
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