The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced this morning that Brita has voluntarily recalled approximately 242,500 children’s water bottles due to a laceration hazard. Four different styles of bottles – all manufactured in Mexico and imported by Brita – are part of the recall. The bottles feature popular cartoon characters, including Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, SpongeBob Square Pants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To date, Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking, but no injuries have been reported.
The bottles are 6 inches tall, hold 15 ounces of liquid, include fold-straws and filters, and have white lids that screw off. According to a CPSC statement, the recalled bottles were sold between June 2013 and July 2014 at Alaska Housewares, Associated Food Stores, Bartell Drug, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Quidsi, Royal Ahold, Shopko, Target, US Navy Exchange, Walmart Stores, and online at Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Target.com. The bottles sold for about $13 to $19, the CSPC said. It does not appear that any bottles were sold by ad specialty firms.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and contact Brita to receive a postage-paid shipping package to return the items for a full refund.