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Zak water bottle recall: What parents need to know

Jeanne Sager is parenting and living editor for SheKnows. A photographer, social media junkie, and crazed mom to an even crazier kid, she's strung words together for TheStir.com, Babble.com, Parents, Kiwi Magazine, and others.

Popular kids' water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

Bad news for parents who have picked up Zak water bottles for their kids recently: The company has issued a recall of some 178,000 children's water bottles due to a choking hazard.

Worried that your back to school shopping put your kid in danger and they're sucking down drinks in a faulty bottle? Here's everything you need to know to keep them safe:

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1. The recalled water bottles were sold only at Target stores between June 2015 and July 2015, so if you've picked up a Zak bottle elsewhere or at another time, chances are you're good to go.

2. The company has received a "small number of reports" that the straws have broken, and while Zak states no injuries have been reported, they are offering lid replacements to prevent children from choking on the bits of plastic.

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3. Only bottles with yellow, blue, or red lids are recalled. Those with black lids are not part of the recall.

4. The affected bottles have the number 14158 molded into the plastic on the base.

Popular kids' water bottles recalled due to choking hazard
Image: Zak

5. To receive a replacement lid, call Zak at 866-737-1148 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the recall section of their website and fill out a lid replacement request form.

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