On March 2, toy manufacturer Kids II recalled nearly 700,000 rattles, marking the company's 13th recall since 1996.
According the the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Oball Rattle, specifically model number 81031, has been recalled due to the choking hazard it presents: Plastic discs that hold small, noisy beads are prone to breaking and releasing the tiny objects. The model number can be located on the inner surface of this plastic disc, as well as on the packaging.
The Oball rattle comes in blue, pink, green and orange. And like the name implies, it's shaped like a ball, with open finger holes, and has small clear plastic discs that hold several small colorful beads so that, when the ball moves, the beads move around and make a rattle-like noise.
After 42 reports of these discs coming apart and the dangerously small beads spilling out, CPSC and the website have publicly announced the recall.
Parents have found the toy broken, some have caught their kids with the colorful beads in their mouths, and one incident went so far as to cause a child to gag from the beads.
The product was sold to both American and Canadian major retailers such as Target, Walgreens and Amazon.com, among many others.
The toy costs about $8, according to the Kids II website, adding up to a total of $5.6 million eligible for return to customers.
According to the company's website, Kids II has issued 13 recalls in 21 years.
Romper.com notes that the rattles do not meet the federal government's guidelines for toys made for children under 3.
Title 16, Chapter II of the Code of Federal Regulations states that toy rattles are not considered hazardous if "the rigid wires, sharp protrusions, or loose small objects are internal" and so long as they are "constructed so that they will not break or deform to expose or release the contents."
The guidelines also apply to a number of other products sold to that age group, such as dolls, stuffed animals and bouncers.
On its website's recall page, Kids II encourages parents and guardians to take the toy away from children if it falls under the model number and date codes affected.
Those labeled on the inner surface with date codes T0486, T1456, T2316, T2856 and T3065 are eligible for return. Customers can fill out the recall registration form on the website and, once complete, they should receive a kit to return the product and guide them with the refund policy.