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McDonald's Recalls Hello Kitty Whistles For Choking Hazard

OAKHURST – McDonald’s Corporation of Oakbrook, Ill. has announced the recall of about 2.3 million whistles that were given away recently as part of a plastic Hello Kitty toy was distributed nationwide in Happy Meals. Two children are reported to have coughed out pieces of the whistle they sucked into their mouths.

Calls to McDonald’s headquarters confirmed the toys were distributed to all McDonald’s locations in the United States and all of the whistles associated with the promotional toy are recalled due to the choking hazard.

The recall is for McDonald’s restaurants nationwide from October 2014 through the first week of November 2014, including Oakhurst, with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals.

The recalled whistles are red and were included in a plastic Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped lollipop. The whistle can be removed and used to make sounds by inhaling or exhaling through the mouthpiece.

When closed, the figurine measures about 3 inches in height and width and 1 3/4 inches in depth. The whistle measures about 1 3/4 inches in height and width and 3/4 inches in depth. A picture of Hello Kitty appears on both sides of the whistle. The text “©1976, 2014 SANRIO CO., LTD.” appears above Hello Kitty’s face on the whistle, and “Made for McDonald’s China CCW Chine” appears below Hello Kitty’s face on the whistle. The bag in which the toy is packaged includes the text “Hello Kitty® Birthday Lollipop” and the number “6” in the upper right corner.

McDonald’s corporate office reports it has received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the whistle they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention.

Consumers should immediately take the whistle away from children and return it to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or a bag of apple slices.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

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