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McDonald’s Safety Recall of STEP-iT Activity Bands (Return for FREE Toy and Yogurt/Apples)

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Have you heard the news?

If you purchase Happy Meals or Might Kids Meals from McDonald’s restaurants, you may be interested in this voluntary recall affecting locations in USA and Canada. McDonald’s announced today that they are recalling an estimated 33 million STEP-iT Activity Bands distributed in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals after receiving customer reports of skin irritations and burns from wearing the band.

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If you received one of these activity bands, McDonald’s is asking customers to stop wearing them and return to any McDonaldโ€™s for a FREE replacement toy and a choice of a yogurt or apple slices. Further information is available on the CPSCโ€™s website or you can call McDonaldโ€™s at 1-800-244-6227 or visit McDonald’s homepage.

(Thanks, Ben!)


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  1. Sarah

    I just shared this news with my 5 year old and she cried. She loves her activity band and has been wearing it for weeks. She hasn’t had any problems with skin irritation.

    • Andrea

      Same here. We haven’t had any issues so we’re gonna keep ours.

    • Jo

      Every report I have heard has been that these things are burning kids’ skin. I think they just threw in ‘skin irritation’ as well to bring the focus away from the burn warning.

    • Heather

      My son has had no problems we will just keep as he really likes his bummer for the others

  2. Meme

    I have heard from a couple of parents that this happened to their kids. It was only a matter of time for the recall to happen. Glad they figured it out early!

    • Just Me

      My mcds took down the watch display last week during happy night. I thought they’d just sold out lol

  3. Gretchen

    I just shared this with my 5 year old and she was excited. She has both types and neither of them really ever worked ๐Ÿ™

  4. Melloddie

    I got happy meals 2 days ago and they gave left over Valentines day small activity booklets/stickers. My boys were confused and not happy.

    • Jen

      Yeah, my 3 year old was not happy with his happy face smiley cup. They should have better back up toys.

      • Nilo

        Same here . My son got smiley face cup and he was like I want Toy not cup. Today , he got Hello kitty bracelet . Seriously, they asked its a boy or girl. And they gave a girl toy.

  5. Melissa

    My twin grandsons love, love, love theirs! They will not want to give them up! I can see prying their watches away with apple slices. Yeah, that will work. NOT! Cue the wailing and gnashing of teeth! They have the light up model, not the ones that count steps. I don’t understand what exactly would be causing the skin irritation.

    • Sam Baker

      It is a voluntary recall. Should you decide to return them, they’ll not only receive apple slices or a yogurt tube- but also a new toy ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Holls

        I just want to clarify that Voluntary means the company is not being forced to do the recall. With any recall you choose if you want to return your items but there are time the government forces companies to do recalls. These are generally huge safety issues or known food adulteration.

    • brad

      Made in China. That’s all you need to know.

      • Lin-Z

        Yep- that’s about right! Lol! I remember a walmart flip flop fiasco- made in china and was burning the soles of feet.

  6. Savedbycoupons

    The company has to cover all basis with children and are doing the responsible thing. I wish all companies responded in this manner!

  7. Angel

    My 3 little girls are excited! They quickly realized the bands weren’t accurate. The number would rise just when moving their hand around. I wear a FitBit and they wanted to be like mommy with theirs … if they worked right!

    • couponer

      I’ve noticed that many of the “adult” fitness trackers aren’t exactly accurate either. Tap your wrist lightly against a hard surface and it likely registers as a step.

    • MommySpendsLess

      I think most pedometers work that way – registering movement of a certain direction (linear I’m guessing), distance and speed that is similar to a step. I remember getting a cheap pedometer in happy meal or similar so they’ve been around a while- its just trendy to have one on a wristband now.
      As a general note to all the bummed commenters: If you Google “pedometer” or “kids wristband pedometer” a bunch turn up, most under $20

    • Laura

      My daughter wants a fitbit like I wear too and I had wanted to get her one of these. We finally went to get happy meals the other day and they were “out” of these and had emoji cups instead…

  8. Kim

    Sounds like some 5 year olds posting here ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Ashley

      I was thinking the SAME thing!
      “Well the watch hasn’t burned my toddlers arm yet so we’re just gonna keep ours”….ummm ok! That’s pretty smart parenting! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  9. Elizabeth.M

    His never really worked from the start, hope the new toy is better?

  10. Lori

    My 6 year old said this makes sense that he can return his because it’s really boring! Funny, a kid’s take on things ๐Ÿ™‚ However, we received a defective one that had liquid inside it, straight out of the package. I assumed the battery had leaked, so I thought the recall was due to that issue.

  11. Allie

    I missed this recall – thanks for posting!

    • ambership

      You’re welcome Allie!

  12. Nicole

    Too bad my daughter already threw hers away. She didnt think the blinking light was fun.

  13. Justyou&me+3

    I went to our McD’s today to return ours and they had no clue as to what I was talking about. Looked at me like I had a horn growing out of my forehead. LOL

  14. 4Ella

    Thank you for letting us know. I got this the other day but my son did not used it (thank god) because it did not work ๐Ÿ™ I will definitely take it back.

  15. Hannah

    Let me get this right. McDonalds is issuing a recall because it can potentially burn your child. Parents are letting the decision up to the child because they like it too much. Would you be doing the same with a stroller/car seat. It’s ok to say no to a child. Taking mine back.

  16. Rosio

    I threw my daughters away the day we got it

  17. FandomNerd42

    My friends kid got the purple one that supposedly counted steps, but I never saw it do anything, she liked pretending it did though, and the wrist band wouldn’t stay on very well, it didn’t help she would randomly remove it and insist someone put it back on her.

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