Additional Choking Incidents Come to Light with Defective Water Bottle Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The popular water bottle maker Contigo re-announced its recall campaign of about 6 million water bottles designed for use by children because the spouts will fall off the bottle and present a choking hazard for children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, posted a notice on its website regarding the specific threat to children the defective bottles pose according to an article appearing in the Hickory Daily Record.
The choking hazard presented by the Contigo water bottles is significant. The company said that consumers forwarded 427 reports about the spouts separating from the remainder of the bottle. Contigo also disclosed that it learned of 27 reports of parents finding the spouts in their children’s mouths.
Contigo announced its first recall campaign in August of 2019. At that time, the company knew about 149 complaints of detaching spouts. Eighteen of the spouts were removed from children’s mouths.
All of the water bottles that are part of the recall have a clear spout made of silicon, along with a black base. Additionally, the bottles are available in 13, 14, and 20-ounce sizes. The bottles were sold in solid colors, stainless steel solid colors, and with graphics on them.
Contigo offered its recalled water bottles for sale at several various retail stores such a Walmart, Target, Costco, as well as other retail outlets. The recalled water bottles were available for purchase online as well from April of 2018 to June of 2019.
Contigo reports that the company has not received any injury reports caused by the defective drinking spouts. However, the company stated that it re-announced its recall initiative “out of an abundance of caution.” The company is offering free replacement lids for the recalled water bottles. The new lids pose no danger of the spouts falling off. Consumers can call Contigo or visit the company’s website for additional information and request a replacement lid.
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