McDonald’s is voluntarily recalling 29 million fitness bands in the U.S. and 3.6 million in Canada after reports of the bands allegedly causing skin irritation or burns to children. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 70 incidents of burns – seven of which included cases of blistering – have been reported since the product's distribution.
The Step-It Fitness bands were first included in McDonald’s Happy Meals to track and encourage physical activity. They were distributed throughout McDonald’s restaurants nationwide as part of its Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals program. CPSC officials say customers who have been given Step-It Fitness bands should return them to their nearest McDonald’s for a free replacement toy.
In a recent statement pertaining to the recall, McDonald’s said “we have taken swift and voluntary steps after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and we are fully investigating this issue.”
According to the statement, McDonald’s Step-It Fitness bands were tested and evaluated by an independent third-party laboratory. After proper testing, the bands were determined to be in compliance with all federal and state safety requirements.
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