Munchkin Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 34,000 of the pictured toy “Bathtub Subs” because they have been a little harsh on the most personal parts of some young lads.
From the CPSC:
This recall involves battery-operated bathtub submarine toys. The toy is yellow, has a smiling face, turquoise windows, an orange propeller and an orange periscope that turns the toy on and off. The intake valve has a water pump that sucks in water to propel the submarine… The intake valve on the bottom of the submarine toy can suck up loose skin, posing laceration hazard to children.
According to the recall announcement, there are currently 19 known incidents — one requiring medical attention — of lacerations to boys’ genital area.
The toy was sold for around $7 at stores nationwide between Nov. 2009 and Sept. 2010.
Regardless of whether your child’s male or female, it’s probably best to take the CPSC’s advice on this one and take the product away from the young ones.
Contact Munchkin at (877) 242-3134 anytime or visit the company’s website at http://www.munchkin.com/ for information on getting a free replacement toy.