Urgent recall issued over popular Baby Shark toy after it left multiple children injured
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'Baby Shark do do do do' - the viral kids song from 2017 is totally harmless, however, a children's toy that goes by the same name is seemingly not.
That is because manufacturer Zuru, alongside the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, has recalled a staggering 7.5 million Baby Shark and Mini Baby Shark Bath Toys.
But consumers who still regularly use the toys are urged to immediately stop and contact Zuru for a full refund.
The recall page states that when the toy is used in the bath or a pool, children can potentially slip and fall or even sit on the hard plastic top fin, which manufactures say has a sharp point.
Unfortunately, the recall has come after a number of children were reported to have sustained injuries after using the Baby Shark toy.
However, the smaller Mini Baby Shark toy has had no reports of children getting injured from its use.
A section on the US CPSC site reads: "Zuru is aware of 12 reports of children falling or sitting onto the recalled full-size Baby Shark bath toy, resulting in impalement injuries, lacerations and puncture wounds, including to children’s genital, anorectal and facial areas.
"Nine of the incidents required stitches or medical attention. There have been no reported incidents or injuries involving the Mini Baby Shark bath toys."
Surrounding claiming the refund and sending the toy back, the site added: "Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bath toys and contact Zuru for a full refund of $14 for each full-size bath toy or $6 for each mini-size bath toy, in the form of a prepaid virtual Mastercard.
"Consumers should disable the tail fin (by cutting it on the full-size bath toy or by bending it on the mini-size bath toy), mark the body of the shark bath toy with the word 'recalled' and the unique code provided during registration for the recall, then upload a photo of the product, showing it is disabled and marked, at https://www.recallrtr.com/bathshark.
"Upon receipt of the photo, Zuru will issue a refund to purchasers."
The toys were sold in yellow, pink, and blue variations, while coming in individual packages and packs of three.
It is worth noting that since March 2023, Zuru has been making a Baby Shark version with with a soft silicone top fin.
Unlike their predecessors, these are not being recalled.