Just in time for back to school, there's a huge recall on a popular children's product that parent will want to know about. Parents who have stocked up on new school supplies will want to check their children's water bottles because popular brand Contigo recently announced a recall of 5.7 million children's water bottles due to a choking hazard. In addition to the almost 6 million products sold in the US, an additional 157,000 were sold in Canada and about 28,000 sold in Mexico.
The product being recalled is the Contigo Kids Cleanable water bottles. A good way to recognize if you have one of these water bottles is that the base and cover of the clear silicon drinking spout is black in color, as noted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
#Recall: @GoContigo 5.7 million Kids Cleanable Water Bottles. Silicone spouts can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children; get free replacement lid. CONTACT: https://t.co/VdoQeCllps or 888-262-0622. Full recall notice: https://t.co/Ckt3VnIKZz pic.twitter.com/dYyDI6eSez— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) August 27, 2019
The product name Contigo is also printed on the rim of the lid and bottom of the front of the bottle. The recalled product comes in 13, 14 and 20-ounce sizes and is available in four different colors. It was available for purchase either separately or part of a value pack of two or three bottles. The recall is due to a choking hazard as a result of the water bottle’s clear silicone spout being able to detach.
If you have any of these affected bottles the CPSC states that you should stop using them immediately and contact Contigo who will provide further instructions on how to obtain a replacement lid.
Contigo has a video on their website which consumers can watch to verify if their lid is affected by the recall. If you determine that your lid is affected, you can then order a replacement lid.
Although there have been no injuries reported as a result of this hazard, Contigo has received 149 reports of the spout detaching from the water bottle. A total of 18 spouts were found in children's mouths.
The affected water bottles were sold Costco, Walmart, Target and other retailers nationwide as well as online between April 2018 and June 2019, retailing for anywhere from $9 to $24.
If you have any questions consumers can call the Contigo® consumer services team at 1.888.262.0622 (Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm EST for consumers in the U.S. and Canada).