December 28, 1999Pokemon Balls in Burger
King Kids Meals Recalled for Possible Suffocation Hazard
Miami, FL (SafetyAlerts) - The Burger King
Corporation is voluntarily recalling more than 25 million Pokemon balls included with
Burger King kids meals. The balls may pose a suffocation hazard to children under three
years of age. Pokemon balls are the ball-shaped plastic containers that hold Pokemon toys
in Burger King kids meals. Either half of the Pokemon ball can become stuck on a child's
face, covering the nose and mouth and may cause suffocation of a child under three years
A 13-month-old girl reportedly
suffocated when one-half of a Pokemon ball covered her nose and mouth. An 18-month-old
girl reportedly also had a ball-half stuck over her face, causing her distress. However,
the girl's father (on the second attempt) pulled the ball-half from her face.
The Pokemon balls are plastic
ball-shaped containers between 2 ѕ" and 3" in diameter. They pull apart to
reveal one of 57 different Pokemon toys inside. The balls were distributed in a variety of
colors including red and white, and hot pink. Packaging described them as safety tested
and recommended for all ages of children.
Burger King restaurants nationwide
distributed the Pokemon balls inside Burger King Kids Club Meals and regular kids meals
from early November through December, 1999.
Consumers should immediately take the
balls away from children under the age of three. They should discard the ball or return
both halves of the ball to a Burger King restaurant for a free small order of french
fries. Consumers may continue to use the Pokemon toy that came inside the ball.
Burger King restaurants will continue
to distribute the Pokemon toys in balls with Burger King Big Kids Meals, but the Pokemon
balls will no longer be included with the toy in the regular kids club meals, generally
intended for younger children. Consumers should not allow younger children under the age
of three to play with these balls.
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