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McDonald's recalls over 2 million Hello Kitty whistles

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Hello Kitty whistles from McDonald's Happy Meals pose choking hazard

McDonald's has initiated a recall of 2.3 million Hello Kitty whistles because they may be a serious choking hazard for young children. If your kid has one, what should you do?

Product description: This recall focuses on removable red whistles that were included in a plastic Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped lollipop. The figurine is small — it measures about 3 inches in height and width and 1-3/4 inches in depth. The whistle itself 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. Also, look for text reading, "©1976, 2014 SANRIO CO., LTD." This appears above Hello Kitty’s face on the whistle, and "Made for McDonald’s China CCW Chine" appears below her face. The bag in which the toy is packaged includes the text "Hello Kitty® Birthday Lollipop" and the number six appears in the upper right corner.

Hello Kitty whistles from McDonald's Happy Meals pose choking hazard

Photo credit: USCPSC

Where/when they were sold: These recalled whistles were exclusively distributed by McDonald’s restaurants nationwide from October 2014 through the first week of November 2014 with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals.

Reason for the recall: Parts inside the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children. McDonald's received two reports of children coughing out whistle components, one of which needed medical attention.

What you need to do: Immediately take the whistle 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.

Company information: You can contact McDonald’s at 800-244-6227 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT seven days a week, or visit their website at www.mcdonalds.com.

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