The McDonald's fast food restaurant chain has recalled approximately 2.3 million Hello Kitty promotional toys which came free in Happy Meals. The restaurant chain says that the Hello Kitty toys pose the risk of being a choking hazard.
The potentially dangerous item is a red whistle that comes with the toy labeled Happy Meal Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Toy (No. 6). The toy that the whistle is a part of resembles a Hello Kitty figure that has a heart-shaped lollipop in her hands. The whistle is removable and children can play with it by blowing in and out of the mouthpiece to make whistle noises. The problem is that young children can inadvertently inhale the whistle and could potentially choke to death.
2 Children Endangered
Thus far, McDonald's has received two reports of children who inhaled the whistle and coughed out whistle pieces. At least one of the children needed medical attention because of the whistle. McDonald's says it has recovered approximately 70 percent of the distributed whistle toys, amounting to approximately 1.6 million toys so far.
According to McDonald's, the dangerous Hello Kitty birthday lollipop whistle toys were intended to commemorate the 40th anniversary Hello Kitty. The fast food chain manufactured approximately 2.3 million of them and they were distributed across the United States and Canada. They were given out as a part of Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals starting in October and ending in the first week of November.
Affected Customers Will Get a Free Yogurt Tube or Apple Slices
According to a corporate representative at McDonald's, the safety of their customers is paramount and that safety extends to the toys they give away to children in Happy Meals. The restaurant chain is asking that any customer in possession of the dangerous whistle toy take it away from their children immediately. McDonald's has offered to replace the whistle toy free of charge with another toy. Customers will also receive their choice of apple slices or a yogurt tube.
Dangerous toys have caused many injuries and deaths to children over the years, but this does not mean that manufacturers are off the hook. Manufacturing companies that negligently create dangerous and defective products can be held liable for the damages they cause. Victims of defective products -- whether the dangerous product be a toy, an automobile or a food item -- may wish to pursue financial restitution in civil court to help pay for their medical care, pain and suffering, lost income and other types of damages.
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