Mayborn USA has issued a defective product recall for 3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee children’s spill-proof cups because of mold issues that have made at least 68 children sick. According to a CNN news report, five types of 7- and 10-ounce cups are affected including First Sips Transition cups, Trainer Sippee cups, Sippee cups, Sportee bottles and Insulated Swiggle/Sippee tumblers. The cups are made for children between 4 and 12 months old.
Reports of Illnesses
According to the manufacturer, the mold developed on the cup’s removable, one-piece, white valve inside the spill-proof cups, when it remained wet or moist and was not frequently cleaned. The company has, so far, received more than 3,000 consumer reports of mold in the valves including 68 reports of illnesses consistent with drinking from a cup with mold such as vomiting and diarrhea.
In February, parents who discovered mold in the cups got on social media and started posting pictures of the moldy cups on the Tommee Tippee Facebook page. The recalled cups were sold between December 2014 and May 2016 in the U.S. and Canada. Consumers are urged to stop using cups that have a one-piece white valve. The company will replace the recalled cups at no cost to consumers.
The Power of Social Media
As product defect attorneys who represent victims who have been injured or affected by faulty products, we understand what parents who saw mold in their child’s cup must have gone through. One of the greatest benefits of social media is that people who have gone through similar experiences can compare notes online. In this particular case, parents apparently started posting pictures of the moldy cups on the manufacturer’s social media site, which is a great idea when you want to pressure product makers into issuing a recall.
Another advantage to sharing your experience on social media sites is that you have an instant brotherhood or sisterhood. If you are the victim of a defective product, it can be a lonely world out there. Exchanging ideas and opinions with others who have gone through similar experiences can be extremely cathartic and comforting.
If you have been injured or have suffered harm as a result of a dangerous or defective product, contact an experienced product defect lawyer who will fight for your rights and hold the negligent manufacturers accountable.