The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that about 2.3 million ‘Happy Meal’ toy give-aways are recalled due to a choking risk.
The recalled item is a Hello Kitty Birthday Lolliipop Toy (No. 6) whistle. It is a three-inch-tall, plastic Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped lollipop, which comes as a free toy with the Happy Meal. The whistle can be removed from the toy, making sounds by inhaling and exhaling.
So far the company has received two reports of children who sucked in bits of the toy and coughed out pieces. One of the children required medical attention, the CPSC said.
McDonald’s said that about 2.3 million toys were distributed nationwide and 200,000 in Canada with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals from October through the first week of November as part of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary celebration.
The company said it has recovered 70 percent of the whistles, about 1.6 million.
McDonald’s is urging customers to “immediately take the whistle away from children.”
A free toy and one side item, such as a yogurt tube, bag of apple slices or small fries will be given in exchange for the recalled toy when brought back to the restaurant.
No other toys in the Hello Kitty and Max Steel promotions are part of the recall nor are toys from earlier Hello Kitty promotions, the company said.
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