Bathtub Toys Recalled for Laceration Risk

A large recall of about 34,000 Bathtub Toys—Bathtub Subs—has been implemented by importer Munchkin Inc, of North Hills, California, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The intake valve on the bottom of the submarine toy can suck up loose skin, posing a laceration hazard to children. To date, the CPSC and Munchkin Inc. are aware of 19 incidents of lacerations to boys’ genital area. One of the incidents required medical attention.

This recall involves battery-operated bathtub submarine toys. The toy is yellow, has a smiling face, turquoise windows, an orange propeller and an orange periscope that turns the toy on and off. The intake valve has a water pump that sucks in water to propel the submarine. The toy is intended for use by children during bath time.

The recalled Bathtub Sub toys were manufactured in China and sold at mass merchandise retail stores nationwide and children’s stores nationwide from November 2009 through September 2010 for about $7.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Munchkin for instructions on how to return the product for a free replacement toy. Munchkin can be reached, toll-free, at (877) 242-3134 anytime or at its website at http://www.munchkin.com/.

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