Products Liability Law Daily McDonald’s recalls 29M activity wristbands distributed in Happy Meals
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

McDonald’s recalls 29M activity wristbands distributed in Happy Meals

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

McDonald’s Corporation, of Oakbrook, Illinois, has recalled around 29 million "Step-iT" activity wristbands because the recalled wristbands can cause skin irritation or burns to children. An additional 3.6 million wristbands were distributed in Canada (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 16-247, August 23, 2016).

Incidents and injuries. McDonald’s has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports of blisters, after wearing the wristbands.

Product description. This recall involves "Step-iT" activity wristbands, which come in two styles—"Activity Counter" and a motion-activated "Light-up Band." The Activity Counter comes in translucent plastic orange, blue, or green, and features a digital screen that tracks a child’s steps or other movement. The Light-up Band comes in translucent plastic red, purple, or orange, and blinks light with the child’s movement. Both styles of activity wristbands have a square face with the words "STEP-iT" printed on them and a button to depress and activate the wristband. The back of the square face contains the etched words "Made for McDonald’s."

These activity wristbands, which were manufactured in China, were distributed exclusively by McDonald’s restaurants nationwide from August 9, 2016, to August 17, 2016, with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals.

Remedy. Consumers should take the recalled wristbands from children immediately and return them to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or bag of apple slices.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact McDonald’s at 800-244-6227 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT daily, or online at and click on "Safety Recall."

Companies: McDonald’s Corp.

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