Spill-proof cups are essential for toddlers who haven’t quite mastered
the art of drinking out of a cup. However, they often contain several
different parts that must be cleaned thoroughly.
Mayborn USA Inc. recently announced the recall of about 3.1 million Tommee
Tippee Sippee spill-proof cups. According to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), mold can develop on the removable white valve inside the cups
when it remains wet/moist and is infrequently cleaned. The recall notice
advises that mold ingestion poses a risk of gastrointestinal symptoms
and infections in children, particularly those with compromised immune systems.
Mayborn USA has received 3,066 reports of mold in the valve of the Sippee
cups. Of those, 68 reports stated that children experienced diarrhea,
vomiting, or other symptoms associated with drinking from a cup with mold
in the valve.
For parents who are concerned about the safety of their children’s
cups, the recall involves five types of spill-proof Tommee Tippee Sippee
cups all with a removable, one-piece white valve. The five types include:
First Sips Transition cup, Trainer Sippee cup, Sippee cup (including Cute
Quips), Sportee bottle and Insulated Swiggle/Sippee tumblers. The plastic
drinking cups have spill-proof tops, easy-grip sides with detachable handles,
and were sold in clear with colored lids and a variety of colors and character
prints. Some of the cups include short phrases on the front of the cups
including: “You Pour I’ll Fling,” or “Drink Drop
Repeat.” The cups have a 7 to 10 oz. capacity and were sold for
children ages 4 to 12 months.
The recalled cups were sold at BuyBuy Baby, CVS, Giant, Kohl’s, Marco
Baby, Marshalls, Meijer, Sam’s Club, Ross Stores, Target, Bealls
Outlet, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart. Online retailers that sold the defective
cups include Amazon.com, Babyhaven.com, and Diapers.com. The cups were
sold from December 2014 through May 2016 for between $4 and $7.
Given the risk of illness, the CPSC advises that parents and caregivers
should immediately stop using the recalled Sippee cups. Consumers can
then contact Mayborn to receive a free replacement cup.
If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to
a dangerous or defective children’s product, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. Our legal team has successfully represented clients against
manufacturers and distributors of defective products for more than 30 years.