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Updated Recall: Bathtub Subs


On 2012-12-05, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an updated recall regarding Bathtub Subs due to a potential laceration hazard. This product sold new beginning in November 2009 for about $7. It was originally recalled on 2010-10-18.

Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

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Bathtub Subs
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Company Contact Information:

Phone: (800) 344-2229

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What is the problem?

The intake valve on the bottom of the submarine toy can suck up loose skin, posing laceration hazard to children.

How can I tell if I own this product?

This recall involves battery-operated bathtub submarine toys. The toy is yellow, has a smiling face, turquoise windows, an orange propeller and an orange periscope that turns the toy on and off. The intake valve has a water pump that sucks in water to propel the submarine. The toy is intended for use by children during bath time.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: The CPSC reannounced this recall. Sales dates have expanded. "Due to an error," some of the recalled items previously sold by Meijer were again offered for sale at discount retailers, dollar stores, liquidation firms, flea markets and thrift stores. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell recalled products. If you own this item or a similar item and already checked to make sure it was not recalled, please check again.

These items were sold new+ at Mass merchandise retail stores nationwide and children's stores nationwide from November 2009 through July 2011 for about $7.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Munchkin for instructions on how to return the product for a free replacement toy.

For additional information, contact Munchkin at (800) 344-2229 anytime or visit the company's website at

UPDATE 12/05/2012: Telephone number was changed.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

CPSC and the company are aware of 19 incidents of lacerations to boys' genital area. One of the incidents required medical attention.

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+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at


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