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Water Bottles Sold Exclusively at Target Recalled Because of Choking Risk

Sep 28, 2015

A 26-ounce child's water bottle in a variety of colors, with an assortment of popular characters on the front, has been recalled because parts can break off and pose a choking hazard to the user.

The 10-inch tall water bottles have a flip-top spout on a twist-off cap with colored inner plastic straws in clear, blue, gray, green, light purple or red. The plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the twist-off cap can break, posing a choking hazard to the child using the bottle, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports.

The water bottles were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from June 2015 through July 2015 in a "Back-to-College" promotion. The bottles sold for about $10.

Zak Designs has received nine reports of the inner plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the cap breaking. Though no injuries have been reported, in seven instances, children spit out plastic fragments that had broken off from the bottle. The CPSC said consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and contact Zak Designs for instructions about obtaining a free replacement cap with straw.

The water bottles have popular characters on the front including Captain America, a Batman design, Minions, My Little Pony, Spiderman, Star Wars aircraft, a Superman logo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thor and Wonder Woman. The bottles come in a variety of colors: clear, gray, navy blue, pink, teal blue, and gray, with caps in red, blue, pink and yellow. Mold number 14158 and Zak Designs trademark are embossed on the bottom of the bottles in the recall. Bottles with a black inner straw and black twist-off cap are not included in the recall.

The recall was announced on September 17, 2015, and includes about 178,000 bottles.

Consumers can call Zak Designs toll-free at 866-737-1148 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or contact the company online at and click on Product Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.

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