Thousands of Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles are being recalled across Canada, due to the silicone spout posing a severe choking hazard for young children. According to one report, the company has received more than 179 complaints from the United States and Canada, at least 18 of which were incidents where the bottle’s spout had completely detached inside a child’s mouth. 

It is expected that there are approximately 160,000 of the hazardous bottles in Canadian homes. According to Contigo, it is only the “Contigo Kids Cleanable water bottles,” that are affected, but the bottles come in a wide variety of colours, materials, and graphics. In their recall announcement, Contigo stated, “We encourage consumers to find out if they have an affected water bottle lid and order a free replacement lid.”

The bottle was declared a choking hazard after it was realized the silicon mouthpiece could become detached during use, leaving the small piece to potentially get lodged in a child’s throat.

According to Contigo, they are “voluntarily recalling the lids” of the water bottle “out of an abundance of caution.” The bottles were sold individually, as well as in packs of two and three, and came in three sizes: 13-ounce, 14-ounce, and 20-ounce.

On their website, Contigo has supplied a detailed explanation with images to help users verify if they have an affected water bottle. The page also includes a step-by-step video explaining how to check if your water bottle’s lid is affected and how to do the ‘self-test’.

If a user manages to confirm that their lid is hazardous, the company is offering a completely free replacement lid. To get your free lid, you need to fill in a form on the Contigo recall page, letting them know the size and colour of your affected water bottle.

The company notes that they will not send a replacement bottle, only a replacement lid. Their statement explains, “The lids are interchangeable and will fit your existing water bottle base.”

Once your form has been submitted, Contigo will send eligible consumers a USPS prepaid shipping label within 10 business days. The company asks customers to send the lid back to them using the shipping label, dropping it off at your nearest post office.

Contigo will then verify that it is affected, before sending you a replacement lid. New lids will be received within three weeks. If you think you could have an affected bottle, you can check by clicking here.

Health Canada urges anyone who has a potentially-hazardous bottle to stop using it immediately and to take them away from young children.

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