Munchkin Inc. is recalling its Bathtub Sub children's toy after almost two dozen little boys were hurt across the United States and Canada while playing with the toy during bath time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada said.
The battery-powered Bathtub Sub has an intake valve on its belly with a pump to draw in water and propel the toy, and the valve can also suction up loose skin, the CPSC said. The agency and the company said there have been 19 incidents of lacerations to boys' genital areas, including one that needed medical attention. In Canada, there have been two reports of minor injuries.
About 34,000 were sold in the United States and another 4,260 in Canada. Parents are advised to take the toy away from children immediately and call Munchkin at (877) 242-3134 to find out how to return the toy for a replacement.
The toy, made in China, was sold in stores nationwide for about $7 from November 2009 to September 2010. The toy was also sold in Canada at Walmart and children's specialty shops from January 2010 to September 2010.
Last month, children's product giant Fisher-Price recalled more than 11 million toys and other products including high chairs, tricycles, balls and part of its Little People toy line because of potentially hazardous parts.
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