Hello Kitty® Birthday Lollipop Whistles Choking Hazard
About 2.3 million of these whistles were given away in the U.S. and about 200,000 in Canada by McDonald’s restaurants from October 2014 through the first week of November 2014 with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals. These whistles are being recalled because there have been two reports by parents where their children coughed out pieces of the whistle which they had sucked into their mouths when parts inside of the whistle detached. One of the children required medical attention and the whistle poses choking and aspiration hazards to children.
These red whistles were part of a Hello Kitty plastic figurine toy with a pink heart-shaped lollipop. This is a removable whistle and children can make sounds by inhaling or exhaling through the mouthpiece. This figurine is approximately 3 inches in height and width and 1 3/4 inches in depth and the whistle is 1 3/4 inches in height and width and 3/4 inches in depth. A Hello Kitty image displays on both sides of the whistle; the text “©1976, 2014 SANRIO CO., LTD.” is printed above Hello Kitty’s face on the whistle; and “Made for McDonald’s China CCW Chine” is printed below Hello Kitty’s face on the whistle.
This toy is packaged in a bag that says “Hello Kitty® Birthday Lollipop” and the number “6” in the upper right corner of the bag.
If you have purchased a Happy Meal and received one of these Hello Kitty® Birthday Lollipop toys you should take the whistle away from your child or children and bring it back to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or a bag of apple slices.
For additional information, contact McDonald’s at (800) 244-6227 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT, seven days a week, or visit the firm’s website at www.mcdonalds.com.