The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just announced that Zak Designs has called for a recall of its 26-ounce plastic water bottles as they are now believed to pose a choking hazard to children and other consumers due to the possible breaking of its straws. There are as much as 178,000 units of the Zak Designs water bottles affected by the recall. The company is offering a lid replacement.
Zak Designs has said that they have not received any reports of injury or incidents regarding to their recalled water bottles so far. However, CPSC reports that the company has actually received around nine reports regarding the inner plastic straw in the flip top portion of the cap breaking. Furthermore, from these reports, seven have said that children using the affected water bottles had to spit out plastic fragments while drinking from them. Meanwhile, CPSC also says that no injuries associated with the broken straws from the affected water bottles have been reported, so far.
Zak Designs’ 26-ounce plastic water bottles are 10 inches tall and feature a flip-top spout on a twist-off cap. These caps have colored inner plastic straws that can be red, light purple, green, gray or blue. Moreover, the water bottles come in a variety of colors such as teal blue, navy blue, gray and pink. Meanwhile, the caps are colored red, blue, pink and yellow. In addition, some of the affected water bottle also prominently display some popular characters such as Captain America, Minions, My Little Pony, Spider-man, Star Wars aircraft, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thor and Wonder Woman. Consumers are also urged to look at the mold number at the bottom of the bottles. Those with mold number “14158” are affected by the recall. Moreover, this water bottles also have “Zak Designs®” embossed at the bottom. All affected water bottles were made in China.
The affected Zak Designs water bottles were actually sold exclusively in Target stores as part of a “Back-to-College” promotion, that was done nationwide from June to July this year. Each water bottle retailed for $10.
It is important to note that Zak Designs water bottles that feature a black inner straw and black twist-off cap are not part of the ongoing recall.