Brita has announced the recall of approximately 242,500 children’s water filter bottles after receiving 35 complaints of the lids cracking or breaking into sharp points. These include pink bottles with Hello Kitty (UPC code 60248-35914); green bottles with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on them (UPC Code 50258-35882); blue bottles bearing the likeness of SpongeBob Square Pants (UPC code 602258-35880), and violet-colored bottles featuring Dora the Explorer (60258-35883). Each are 6 inches tall and hold 15 ounces of liquid. They also have the Brita logo and a white lid, as well as fold-up straws with filters inside the straws under the lid.
The hard-sided bottles retail for$13-$19 and are sold at Associated Food Stores, Cwholesale Grocers, Alaska Housewares, Bartell Drug, United States Navy Exchanges, Walmart, Quidisi, Target and Royal Ahold, as well as online at Amazon.com, Target, and Drugstore.com. Consumers are advised to stop using them immediately, and can contact Brita at 800 926-2065 Monday thru Friday 8am-5 pm for a postage paid shipping package to return the bottles for a full refund. You can also contact them via www.brita.com and click “Safety Recall for additional information.
Consumers can also report injuries involving the bottles to the Consumer Protection Agency at https://www.saferproducts.gov/CPSRMSPublic/Incidents/ReportIncident.aspx
It should also be noted that Brita introduced the Brita® Bottle for Kids, as part of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in 2012, distributing 4,000 of them to schools throughout the country as part of an effort to “provide an affordable, fun and convenient solution for kids to drink great-tasting water on the go,”. After joining forces with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation dedicated to reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity, by encouraging them to drink more water instead of too many sugary drinks.