July 14, 2024
Baby Shark bath toys recalled after 12 kids cut or impaled by hard plastic fins

Baby Shark bath toys recalled after 12 kids cut or impaled by hard plastic fins

More than 7 million Baby Shark bath toys are being recalled after at least 12 kids were cut, impaled or punctured by the shark’s hard plastic fin. 

Toymaker Zuru announced the recall of its full-size Robo Alive Junior Baby Shark Sing & Swim and its Mini Baby Shark Swimming bath toys, which were made in China and sold individually and in packs of three at Walmart WMT, -0.19%, Target TGT, -0.42%, CVS CVS, +0.27%, Walgreens WBA, -1.54%, Dollar General DG, -0.62%, Family Dollar, HEB Grocery Company, Meijer, TJX Companies TJX, +0.71% and Ross stores. The bath toys had also been sold online on Amazon AMZN, -0.63% and other websites.

The full-size Baby Shark bath toys were sold from May 2019 through March 2023 for between $13 and $15. The Mini Baby Shark bath toys were sold individually and in multi-unit packs from July 2020 through June 2023 for between $6 and $20.

Zuru warned: “When using the recalled bath toys, particularly in a bathtub or wading pool, a child can slip and fall or sit onto the hard plastic top fin of the shark, posing risks of impalement, lacerations and punctures.” 

“The company is aware of at least 12 reports of kids falling or sitting on the full-size Baby Shark bath toy, which resulted in ‘impalement injuries, lacerations and puncture wounds, including to children’s genital, anorectal and facial areas.’”

The company said the toys involved in the recall have a hard plastic top fin with three grooves on one side, measure about 7 inches from nose to tail and were sold in three colors: yellow, pink and blue. 

The company is aware of at least 12 reports of kids falling or sitting on the full-size Baby Shark bath toy, which resulted in “impalement injuries, lacerations and puncture wounds, including to children’s genital, anorectal and facial areas.” Nine of those incidents required stitches or medical attention. So far, no injuries have been reported with the mini version of the toy. 

Zuru added that anyone who bought these toys “should immediately stop” using them and contact the company for a full refund of $14 for each full-size bath toy or $6 for each mini-size bath toy. The refund will come in the form of a prepaid virtual Mastercard. 

So if you bought the toy, how can you get a refund? 

First make sure you’ve got the specific toys being recalled. The recalled full-size bath toys have tracking-label information on the bottom, including raised lettering that states the model number, #25282, and a date code beginning with the letters “DG” followed by a date in the YYYY/MM/DD format, in the date range DG20190501 through DG20220619. Only full-size Baby Shark toys with a hard plastic top fin are included in this recall, the company said.

The Mini Baby Shark bath toys also have tracking-label information on the bottom, including raised lettering that gives the model number — #7163, #7175, #7166 or #25291 — and a date code beginning with the letters “DG” followed by a date in the YYYY/MM/DD format, in the date range DG2020615 through DG2023525.

Shoppers looking to get a refund should disable the fin by cutting it on the full-size bath toy, the company said, or by bending it on the mini toy. Then they should write “recalled” on the body of the shark, along with a unique code that will be provided during registration for the recall. They should then upload a photo of the product showing that it is disabled and marked at recallrtr.com/bathshark. Upon receipt of the photo, Zuru will issue a refund to purchasers.

For more information, customers can call Zuru toll-free at 833-820-0839 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday, or go online at recallrtr.com/bathshark or Zurutoys.com and click on  “Recalls”  at the top of the page.

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