Parents of young “Baby Sharks” fans should be aware of the new recall affecting select toys related to the beloved fish.
Specifically, after at least 12 children suffered “puncture wounds” when they accidentally fell on the Baby Shark Sing & Swim bath toy, the product is being recalled.
Children cut or stabbed after falling on Baby Shark bath toys
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) announced the recall in a statement on Thursday.
In the announcement, the product’s hazards centered on a situation where a child “falls into the shark’s hard plastic top fin, posing a risk of stabbing, tearing and puncture”.
Ultimately, the USCPSC said the full-size Baby Shark bath toy resulted in documented injuries to at least 12 children. Specifically, they include “stabbing, laceration and puncture wounds, including the genital, anorectal and facial areas of children.”
Nine out of twelve children were injured “requiring stitches or medical attention.” Although “no injuries have been reported” with the Mini Baby Shark bath toys, they are included in the recall “out of an abundance of caution,” according to AP News.
#Remember: 7.5 million. Robo Alive Jr. Baby Shark Sing & Swim & Robo Alive Jr. Baby shark bath toys; risk of puncture, tear and puncture. Get a refund. CONTACT: 833-820-0839, https://t.co/eu7WOSvS3v, https://t.co/Iala72Xuzr.
Full recall notice:https://t.co/krWKhOI6Aa pic.twitter.com/iPOehAY3h4
— United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) June 22, 2023
Parents are instructed to “Immediately” remove the product and guarantee their money back
The USCPSC said major retailers like Walmart, Dollar General, Target and Ross sold the products in question.
Specifically, full-size toys are sold from May 2019 to March 2023, and mini toys are sold in stores from July 2020 to June 2023.
The recall notice urges customers to “immediately stop using the recalled bath toys.” For bath toys large and small, people are eligible for a refund of $14 or $6, respectively.
To get their money back, consumers were instructed to cut the fins of the toy shark. Then write “withdrawal” on its body and upload a photo on this site.
Also, it’s important to note that the recall only affects Baby Shark bath toys that feature hard plastic dorsal fins. The product has soft, unaffected silicone fins.