Munchkin has issued a recall for 180,000 of their Latch™ lightweight pacifiers over a choking hazard on Monday. This was due to the fact the company determined that a little plastic cover that goes over the pacifier’s clip can detach.
The pacifiers with attached clips were sold for about $11 to $15 at Babies “R” Us, Target, Wal-Mart and many other locations. They were also sold online at sites, such as Amazon between March 2014 and March 2016 to retailers nationwide.
Latch lightweight pacifiers and clips were sold as a set. Involved in the recall are five styles: designer, rattle and heartbeat clips with 0m+ natural shape pacifiers, and designer and rattle clips with 6m+ orthodontic pacifiers.
The designer pacifiers and clips 0m+ and 6m+ are in three color patterns: blue and white strips, orange and with white polka dots and pink with white polka dots. The rattle pacifiers and clips 0m+ and 6m+ are green with beads in the pacifier cover to make a rattle sound and have a polka dot strap. The heartbeat pacifiers and clips have a red, heart-shaped pacifier cover and red and white polka dots on the strap.
At least 10 customers, where five of the incidents were from Canada and the other five from the U.S. have reported that the clip was detaching. Luckily there have not been reported any injuries.
— WTOP (@WTOP) May 8, 2016
According to Munchkin, the problem stems from the epoxy coating used on the clip, which “can weaken in certain environmental conditions and detach.” On the straps of the affected pacifiers are model Nos. MKFE0391, MKFE0392 and MKFE0393.
Also, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that any customers with the affected pacifiers immediately take the clip from young children.
They advised that “Consumers should immediately take the clip away from young children and contact Munchkin for a free replacement Lightweight Pacifier pack with two pacifiers or a full refund”.
Due to this issue, Munchkin is offering to refund customers or replace the pacifiers with its Lightweight Pacifier pack, which comes with two pacifiers. The company can be reached by calling 877-242-3134 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT or through could also be contacted on their website.
Source: Cleveland Patch