After reports of not just one but two children choking on their latest Happy Meal toy—a Hello Kitty figurine—McDonald's has issued a recall. And it's a massive one, too. Some 2.3 million toys have been recalled after they were sold in the U.S. Another 200,000 were also recalled in Canada, where they were sold in the last two months.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the issue has to do with a detachable heart-shaped whistle found on the Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Toy, which makes sounds when kids inhale or exhale. In both reported choking cases, the two injured children inhaled the toy while playing with it, and coughed it out in pieces. One of the cases was even serious enough to require medical attention.
So far, McDonald's says that 70 percent of the whistles have been recovered, totaling about 1.6 million, but for households that still own the toy, the fast food chain is asking parents to "immediately take the whistle away from children."
The toy, which was released in October, was part of Hello Kitty's 40th birthday festivities, but for now, McDonald's says it will replace the toy with a free yogurt tube or a bag apple slices.
While that certainly sounds less exciting than a fun Hello Kitty whistle, the company will still be offering their other Hello Kitty Happy Meal toys, as well as those from the Max Steel promo going on now.
"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and this includes the toys we offer them," the company said in a post on their official website yesterday.
Want to learn more about the recall? You can call McDonalds directly at (800) 244-6227 or visit McDonalds.com.