A parent’s worst nightmare is their child choking or being hurt by innocuous household items. Such a nightmare could come true if you own a water bottle affected by a new recall. 5.7 million Contigo cleanable water bottles have been recalled due to a choking hazard that has been discovered. The products affected by the recall could pose a serious risk to your children’s safety, so take note if you have kids.
The products affected by this recall are Contigo cleanable water bottles with black plastic spout bases and black spout covers. They come in three sizes, 13-ounce, 14-ounce and 20-ounce varieties, and have the brand name, “Contigo,” printed across the upper lip of the bottle.
The products were sold at Target, Wal-Mart, Costco and other big-box stores from April 2018 until June 2019. The only products affected by the recall are ones with black plastic spout bases and spout covers. Other plastic colors aren’t affected by this recall.
The product defect involves the silicone spout that dispenses water coming loose from the black plastic base. The detaching spout apparently can occur somewhat easily, as Contigo has gotten nearly 150 complaints about the issue. Of these, 18 of the spouts were found in the mouths of children.
Due to the rubbery, small spout being able to easily detach, this constitutes a serious choking hazard for both children and adults. Children are especially vulnerable, due to their higher likelihood to play with the spout and accidentally inhale it while playing.
Contigo urges consumers to not use the products affected by the recall at all. They all pose serious choking hazards, and should have their spouts replaced before use. Contact Contigo if you own an affected water bottle, and they will provide you with inspection instructions and a replacement spoud, should one be necessary.
In the meantime, don’t attempt to replace the spout yourself or perform an inspection without using Contigo’s official instructions. Failure to do so could result in a greater risk of the water bottle posing a choking hazard to children.