The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced a recall for 5.7 million Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles in the United States, Canada and Mexico due to a possible choking hazard. According to a Contigo company spokesperson, in an emailed statement, “As a leading innovator of water bottles, travel mugs and kids bottles, Contigo puts safety and quality first. As part of our commitment to consumer safety, Contigo, in partnership with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling the lids of the Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottle.”
If you have this kids’ water bottle, read on for important information about the recall and what to do next.
Recalled Product Description: Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles
The recalled water bottles have a black base and cover on the clear silicon spout. Look for the brand name “Contigo” printed on the rim and along the front side of the bottle near the bottom.
Affected bottles come in three sizes—13, 14 or 20 ounces. The recalled products also come in four color/style options, including solid colors, graphics, stainless steel and stainless steel solid colors. For instructions on how to complete a visual test for recalled bottles, visit Contigo’s website here.
Why the Water Bottles Were Recalled
The clear silicone spout can detach from the bottle. This can pose a choking hazard. As of now Contigo has received 149 reports of detaching spouts. Eighteen of the detached spouts were found in children’s mouths.
A Contigo company spokesperson said, in an emailed statement on the recall, “Contigo identified that the water bottle’s clear silicone spout, in some cases, may detach from the lid of the water bottle. The incident rate is very low of consumers reporting any separation of the silicone spout and no injuries have been reported.” The spokesperson added, “We sincerely apologize to our consumers for the inconvenience. Child safety is of the utmost importance to Contigo and we have worked quickly to correct this issue and provide a solution.”
How To Tell If Your Child’s Water Bottle Was Recalled
Visit Contigo’s website here for visual verification and self-test steps. The recalled bottles were sold between April 2018 and June 2019 for $9 to $24 at Costco, Target, Walmart and other retailers.
What Parents Can Do
If you have the recalled bottle stop using it immediately. Contact Contigo for a return kit. The return kit will include a prepaid USPS label. Send the recalled lid back to Contigo. If the company determines your lid was one of the affected products you will receive a replacement lid. Consumers with questions can contact Contigo at 1-888-262-0622, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm EST.
Photos: Courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission