Turns out, the popular rattles pose a choking hazard to little ones.
Kids II is recalling 680,000 Kid II Oball Rattles after receiving reports from parents that a piece of the rattle can break and release small beads that are a choking hazard.
Yikes! So here's what you need to know: The rattles in question are shaped like a ball (hence the name) and feature 28 finger holes, three of which are topped with clear discs with small beads inside. When the ball moves, the beads make the rattling sound. Cute, right? But according to a notice issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, those discs can break, and when they do, the tiny beads inside come spilling out and pose a choking hazard for young children.
So far, Kids II has received 42 reports of the discs breaking, including two in which beads were found in a child's mouth and three in which the kid was actually found gagging. So if you've got one of these guys in your home, you should immediately take it away from your child and hit up the company for a full refund at 877-243-7314.
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The recall covers Oball rattles in pink, blue, green, and orange sold at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and online at Amazon, Babyhaven.com, and Diapers.com between January 2016 and February 2017, with the model number 81031 printed on the inner surface of one of the plastic discs, as well as on the packaging. For more information, visit www.kidsii.com and click on "Recalls" at the bottom of the page.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.