About 7.5 million Baby Shark bath toys are being recalled after reports that at least a dozen children were injured by them, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.
Both the full-size and mini versions of the toy are included in the voluntary recall, which the commission and Zuru, a toymaker based in El Segundo, Calif., announced after complaints that children had been falling on or sitting on the full-size toy’s plastic top fin.
The top fins on the shark toys pose a risk of “impalement, lacerations and punctures,” the commission said. About nine of the 12 reported injuries required medical attention or stitches, according to the federal agency.
The commission and Zuru urged customers to stop using the recalled toys.
The toymaker said in a statement that it was working with retail partners to “remove and destroy” the products.
Both full-size Robo Alive Junior Baby Shark Sing & Swim bath toys and Mini Baby Shark Swimming bath toys were recalled. They came in blue, yellow and pink. The full-size version sings when placed in water; the mini version does not.
The full-size toys that were recalled were sold from May 2019 to March 2023. The mini toys were sold from July 2020 to June 2023.
Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Family Dollar and Target are among the major retailers that sold the toys. Several online retailers sold the them as well.
A refund is available for those who cut off the fin, write “recalled” on the shark and upload a photo of it online. Directions are available on the toy manufacturer’s website.
Consumers will receive a full refund of $14 for each full-size toy and $6 for each mini toy in the form of a prepaid virtual Mastercard.
Consumers can look for the model number #25282 and a date code beginning with the letters “DG” followed by “YYYY/MM/DD” in the date range DG20190501 through DG20220619 to determine if they have the full-size recalled sharks.
For the mini recalled sharks, the model numbers will be #7163, #7175, #7166 or #25291 and the toys will have a date code between DG2020615 and DG2023525.