On September 17, 2015, Zak Designs recalled about 178,000 kids water bottles due to a choking hazard. The recall involves 26-ounce water bottles, which are 10 inches tall. They have a flip-top spout on a twist-off cap with colored inner plastic straws. The straws come in different colors: clear, blue, gray, green, light purple or red.
The water bottles also have popular characters on the front and come in a variety of colors. Characters include Batman, Captain America, Minions, Spiderman, Superman, My Little Pony, Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Thor. The words “Zak Designs” and mold number “14158” are embossed on the bottom of the bottles.
The inner plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the cap can break, posing a dangerous choking hazard for kids. There have been 9 reports of the straw breaking, and 7 of them included reports that the broken fragments were spit out by children using the water bottles. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
The recalled water bottles were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from June 2015 through July 2015 for about $10.
If consumers have these cups, they should stop using them immediately and contact Zak Designs to receive a free replacement cap with straw.
When consumers are injured by dangerous or recalled products, they may have legal rights against the product manufacturer. Injured consumers would file a products liability lawsuit. If injured consumers are minors, then their parents or legal guardians may file the lawsuit on their behalf. See PA & NJ Personal Injury Law-How Much Time Do You Have To Sue?
Injured consumers may recover from the product manufacturer if the product was defective. A product can be defective in three ways:
For a discussion of how products are defective, see What is a Dangerous Defective Product?
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