Just last week, we reported that McDonald’s latest Happy Meal offering was a wrist-worn fitness tracker aimed at getting kids excited about exercise.
On August 23, McDonald’s issued a statement that it is voluntarily recalling the STEP-iT fitness bands it recently started offering. Apparently customers had issued complaints of skin irritation and burns from wearing the bands. Ouch.
While 33 million bands had been produced for this Happy Meal promotion, McDonald’s halted the distribution last week and so “many of the wristbands had not yet been distributed to customers,” according to the company.
“We are now asking customers who have the activity bands to stop wearing them and return to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and a choice of a yogurt or apple slices,” a company spokeperson said.
McDonald’s is working with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada on the voluntary recall. Further information is available on the CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov. Customers may also call McDonald’s toll-free number at 1-800-244-6227 or visit www.mcdonalds.com.