Oball Rattle Recalled: The popular Kids II toy is recalled in Australia due to the small beads being a potentially lethal choking hazard.
The ACCC has announced a recall of the popular Oball Rattle (as of 17 March 2017) following the same recall in America earlier this month.
The Oball Rattle was sold locally at retailers including ARL, Baby Brands, Big W, Doward International, Kmart, Mr Toys World, Target, Toymate and Toys R Us.
Not all models of the Oball rattle are recalled. The recall pertains to stock sold as of January 1, 2016 and the Australian Product Safety Commission advises the following for establishing if your rattle is impacted:
The rattle has one clear plastic rattle chamber with all orange beads and a date code starting with the letter “T”. The affected date codes are: T3065, T0486, T1456, T2316 and T2856. The date code is located on a small triangle on the inner surface of the rattle. The affected products have a product number of 81031.
What to do if your product is recalled?
Australian consumers should stop using the product immediately. Consumers should contact Kids II on 1800 765 503 (between 7am and 4pm AEDT) or go to www.kidsii.com to arrange a full refund.
MUM CENTRAL NOTE: This post has been updated 18 March 2017 to reflect the product is now recalled in Australia. Original American recall information can be found below:
Over 700,000 Oball Rattles Recalled Due to Choking Risk
680,000 units have been sold in the USA and it is the American Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that has issued the recall. To date the product has not been officially recalled in Australia however if you have one of these popular toys in your home it is strongly recommended that you check its safety for the below risk.
The CPSC official statement notes that not all models are included, please check the following specific line numbers to see if your toy is part of this recall;
“This recall involves Oball Rattle 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.”
The Kids II Oball Rattle is shaped like a ball, but with a web-like construction allowing little people to easily grasp the rattle. Embedded within the ball are plastic discs that contain tiny beads that create the rattle noise that give the toy its name. There are several versions of the toy but the same manufacturer so it is important to reference the model number before assuming the version you have is impacted by the recall.
There has been 42 formal complaints about the product in the United States and Canada of the clear plastic disc breaking and causing the release of small beads. There are two reports of beads found in children’s mouths and three reports of gagging.