There is a recall of a recent addition to The McDonalds Happy Meal Toy line-up. Step-iT Activity Wristbands are out of step with health and safety.
McDonald’s USA and Canada announced on August 23, 2016, they are working with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada respectively on a voluntary recall of the STEP-iT Activity Bands distributed in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals after receiving customer reports of skin irritations and burns from wearing the band.
“Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers which is why upon learning about concerns with these bands we acted swiftly to stop distribution of these products,” said Terri Hickey, a spokesperson for McDonald’s. “We are now asking customers who have the activity bands to stop wearing them and return to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and a choice of a yogurt or apple slices. We apologize to our customers who were impacted and for the inconvenience this recall has caused.”
Saultonline spoke with McDonalds Manager, Jessica Mousseau, Great Northern Road location.
“We had them for about 2 days (in Sault Ste. Marie) and then we pulled them from distribution.” she said.
The recalled wristbands were distributed as part of a Happy Meal promotion that ran in Canada from approximately August 9, 2016 to August 17, 2016.
“Consumers should immediately take the recalled wristbands away from children and return them to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or bag of apple slices.”
Health Canada states the following re: Step-iT Activity Wristbands.
‘This recall involves “Step-iT” activity wristbands, which come in two styles – an “Activity Counter” and a motion-activated “Light-up Band”. The Activity Counter comes in translucent plastic orange, blue, or green and features a digital screen that tracks a child’s steps or other movement. The Light-up Band comes in translucent plastic red, purple, or orange and blinks light with the child’s movement. Both styles of activity wristbands have a square face with the words “STEP-iT” printed on them and a button to depress and activate the wristband. The back of the square face contains the etched words “Made for McDonald’s.”
The recalled wristbands can cause skin irritation or burns to consumers. Health Canada, has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries in Canada related to the use of the wristbands.
McDonald’s has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including reports of minor skin irritations or burns, after wearing the wristbands, at least 8 of which occurred in Canada.
Approximately 3.6 million of the recalled wristbands, made in China, were distributed exclusively at McDonald’s restaurants across Canada and approximately 29 million were distributed in the United States.
For more information, consumers can contact McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited at 1-888-424-4622 or website here: mcdonalds.com
Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website here: www.cpsc.gov
Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form. (healthycanadians.gc.ca)
Health Canada Recall Identification number: RA-59920
Starting date: August 23, 2016
Posting date: August 23, 2016
Type of communication: Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall: Health Canada
Issue: Product Safety
Audience: General Public