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Kids II recalls Oball rattles due to choking hazard

Company voluntarily recalls 680,000 units in U.S., 17,000 in Canada

ATLANTA – Educational toy and child gear resource Kids II has voluntarily recalled more than 680,000 Oball rattles, which can pose a choking hazard to young children.

Oball recallKids II has voluntarily recalled the Oball rattles, available in these four colors.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall on March 2, said the clear plastic disc on the outside of the ball can break and release small beads, which can cause a child to choke. The company has received 42 reports of the plastic disc breaking and releasing small beads. These include two reports of beads found in children’s mouths and three reports of gagging.

There were 68,000 of the units sold in the U.S. and another 17,000 sold in Canada. Made in China, the items were sold at Target, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and other retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Babyhaven.com, Diapers.com, Toysrus.com, Walgreens.com and other online retailers from January 2016 through February 2017 for between $5 and $7.

They come in pink, blue, green and orange and have the model number 81031 printed on the inner surface of one of the plastic discs as well as the packaging. The balls have 28 finger holes and measure four inches in diameter. Only rattles with the date codes T0486; T1456, T2316 and T3065 located on a small triangle on the inner surface of the rattle are included in the recall.

Consumers have been advised to take these rattles away from children and to contact the company for a refund. Consumers can call Kids II toll free at 877-243-7314 or visit www.Kidsii.com and click on the recall tab at the bottom of the page for more information.

The company conducted the recall voluntarily under the CPCS’s Fast Track recall process, which allows firms to work directly with the CPSC to announce the recall and remedy as quickly as possible.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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