H&M Recalls Children's Water Bottle Due to Choking Hazard, Sold Exclusively at H&M Stores
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with apparel retailer H&M, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The items, 16 oz. Children's Water Bottles, were manufactured in Italy and imported by H&M Hennes & Mauritz out of New York and sold in stores in July and August of this year. There was one report of a water bottle spout breaking off in a child's mouth, which prompted the recall. There were no reported injuries.
The bottles, available in pink or blue, had flip-top lids and featured "H&M Sweden" and "www.hm.com" embossed into the bottom. The CPSC reports that about 2,900 units were sold.
One way to avoid recalls such as this, and the associated publicity, is to work with accredited, CPSC-compliant suppliers. Many industry companies product drinkware similar to the bottles sold at H&M, and have had their products tested and verified as safe and compliant. Distributors are encouraged to ask their suppliers for certificates verifying that all products, particular those intended for children, meet all legal requirements.
Consumers who purchased the bottles from H&M should immediately stop using the bottles and return them to the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact H&M toll-free at (855) 466-7467 or visit the firm's recall page on its website at www.hm.com.