Children love having a Brita water bottle featuring their favorite cartoon character, and parents love that it has a built-in water filter. Despite their neat graphics and features, a massive recall of these bottles is causing children of all ages to put down the product.
Brita has received 35 complaints of the bottles either breaking or cracking, though no injuries have been reported thus far. The site of concern is the lids, which can potentially fracture into pieces creating sharp, pointed ends.
The roughly 242,500 recalled bottles are designed with one of four different cartoon characters and colors: Hello Kitty in pink, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in green, Dora the Explorer in purple, and SpongeBob Square Pants in blue. These hard-sided bottles also have removable white lids and fold-up straws. According to the United States Consumer Safety Commission (CPSC), they were sold anywhere from June 2013 through July 2014.
Popular websites and stores where you may have purchased the bottles include Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, Target, and Walmart. Consumers are being asked to immediately discontinue use of the bottles and contact Brita at (800) 926-2065 for return and refund information.
No parent can be everywhere at once, and it's impossible to know about every safety hazard and product recall. Accidents involving kids are especially painful as we assume that a product marketed for children will be safe. If your loved one was injured by a dangerous or defective children's product, you may have a case.
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