While fitness trackers are extremely popular among adults, strapping one
on your child could be dangerous. McDonald’s Corp. is recalling
millions of “Step-iT” Activity Wristbands, which were distributed
with Happy Meals last month.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled
wristbands can cause skin irritation or burns to children. The fast-food
chain received more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports
of blisters, after wearing the wristbands.
The recall involves 29 million wristbands in the United States. They were
distributed exclusively by McDonald’s restaurants across the country
from August 9, 2016, to August 17, 2016, with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals.
For parents who are concerned that their children may have received a faulty
Happy Meal toy, the
recall notice states that the Step-iT” activity wristbands come in two styles—“Activity
Counter” and a motion-activated “Light-up Band.” The
Activity Counter comes in translucent plastic orange, blue, or green and
features a digital screen that tracks a child’s steps or other movement.
The Light-up Band comes in translucent plastic red, purple, or orange
and blinks light with the child’s movement.
Both styles of activity wristbands have a square face with the words “STEP-iT”
printed on them and a button to depress and activate the wristband. The
back of the square face contains the etched words “Made for McDonald’s.”
Given the risk of injury, the CPSC advises that consumers should immediately
take the recalled wristbands away from children. They can then return
them to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and either a yogurt
tube or bag of apple slices.
If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to
a recalled or otherwise defective safety gate or other children’s
product, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal rights, contact
a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.