Munchkin has issued a recall of its LatchTM lightweight pacifiers and clips due to risk of choking. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
This recall involves Munchkin’s Latch lightweight pacifiers and clips sold as a set. The pacifiers were sold in five styles: designer, rattle and heartbeat clips with 0m+ natural shape pacifiers, and designer and rattle clips with 6m+ orthodontic pacifiers. The designer pacifiers and clips 0m+ and 6m+ are in three color patterns: blue and white strips, orange and with white polka dots and pink with white polka dots. The rattle pacifiers and clips 0m+ and 6m+ are green with beads in the pacifier cover to make a rattle sound and have a polka dot strap. The heartbeat pacifiers and clips have a red, heart-shaped pacifier cover and red and white polka dots on the strap.
While thankfully there have been no injuries or deaths to date, there have been 5 reports in the United States and 5 in Canada of the clip cover detaching from the unit, which could pose a risk of choking to an infant or child were they to place the detached portion in their mouths.
The CPSC estimates about 180,000 units of the product were sold at stores such as Babies R Us, Target, Wal-Mart, and other major and minor retailers between March 2014 and March 2016 for anywhere between $11 and $15 per unit.
Munchkin is urging parents to take the pacifiers and clips away from children immediately and to contact the company right away for a replacement unit or a full refund.
Munchkin can be contacted toll-free at 877-242-3134 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.munchkin.com. Parents who contact them online should “click on Help at the bottom of the page and then Recalls for more information.”
Pacifiers and clips are popular baby and toddler products. Be safe, parents, and even if you own this product and have not had any problems, it’s probably a good idea to be proactive, discontinue use, and order your replacement or refund as soon as possible.