About 5.7 million Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles have been recalled for a silicone spout can detach and pose a choking hazard for children. According to a CNN news report, the Chicago-based company has received 149 complaints so far including 18 incidents where the spout was discovered in a child’s mouth. No injuries have been reported as a result of these product defects.
Details of the Recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has urged that parents and caregivers take these bottles away from children right away. The Contigo bottles, which cost between $9 and $24, were sold nationwide at a number of retail and wholesale stores including Costco, Wal-Mart and Target as well as online between April 2018 and June 2019. The recalled bottles come in three sizes (13, 14 and 20 ounces) and four colors – solid, graphics, stainless steel and stainless steel solid.
The word “Contigo” is printed on the rim and near the bottom at the front of the bottle. The company has said it will supply a free replacement lid for the defective products. Only black color spout base and spout cover models are included in this recall, according to the company’s website. Consumers can also fill out an online form to receive the free replacement lid. The company said it recalled the defective lids voluntarily.
Choking and Defective Products
Choking refers to a blockage of the upper airway, which prevents a person from breathing properly. Choking often results in a coughing fit from which a person could recover fairly quickly. However, when there is a complete blockage of the airway, death could occur. Choking is a true medical emergency that requires swift, appropriate action. When someone is choking with a completely blocked airway, oxygen cannot enter the lungs. The brain is very sensitive to lack of oxygen and begins to die within four to six minutes. Irreversible brain damage could occur in as little as 10 minutes.
There are a number of defectively manufactured or defectively designed products that could cause choking deaths. Children’s products, particularly toys, nursery products and items such as water bottles, could present serious dangers, which could result in catastrophic injuries or even death. Product manufacturers have a responsibility to design and make items that are safe for consumers. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a dangerous or defective product, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.