The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary safety recall of Starbucks plastic children’s mugs. According to the CPSC, Starbucks agreed to recall the 250,000 covered children’s plastic mugs due to a potential choking or laceration hazard. 7 incidents have been reported to the CPSC; 2 of those incidents involved near chokings, the CPSC recall notice said. No children have been injured by the plastic mugs subject to the safety recall, according to the CPSC.
Both the CPSC and Starbucks have posted the recall notices on their websites at www.cpsc.gov and www.starbucks.com. The recalled mugs are decorated like animals with a plastic semiglobe face that easily breaks off when the cup is dropped. When the face piece breaks off the mug, it is prone to leaving sharp edges that create a laceration hazard for young children or small parts that create a choking hazard.
Starbucks and the CPSC described the children’s mugs subject to the safety recall as coming in four styles: bunny, chick, ladybug and turtle. The photo shows the Starbucks plastic children’s mugs that are the subject of the voluntary recall. The capacity of these Starbucks children’s mugs is 10 ounces. The recalled mugs were sold at Starbucks stores nationwide from May 2006 through August 2007. The price of the Starbucks plastic children’s mugs subject to the safety recall was approximately $5.95 USD or $7.95 CAN. The mugs were manufactured in China.
As noted on the CPSC website, the CPSC reached an agreement with its safety counterpart in the Chinese government in September 2007, pledging bilateral cooperation in improving the safety of four types of consumer products. The agreement was spurred by the widespread recalls of Chinese toys containing lead paint that were imported into the United States. The three other product types subject to the bilateral agreement are fireworks, cigarette lighters, and electrical products. The recalled Starbucks plastic mugs, while made for children, do not fall within the agreement as they are not intended to be used as playthings.
To motivate customers to return the mugs to Starbucks for a refund, Starbucks is offering customers who participate in the safety recall a free beverage, the recall notice stated. Customers are asked to immediately secure the mugs where children do not have access to them and to contact Starbucks for instructions on returning them for a refund. The contact number for Starbucks is: 888-288-4008.
The CPSC is a Federal regulatory agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with consumer products that fall under the CPSC’s jurisdiction. Over 15,000 types of products come under the CPSC’s authority.
sources:”Starbucks Recalls Children’s Plastic Cups Due to Choking and Laceration Hazards,” www.cspc.gov; “Starbucks Recalls Children’s Plastic Cups Due to Choking and Laceration Hazards,” www.starbucks.com;”U.S.-Chinese Product Safety Agency Agreement on Imported Product Safety,” www.cpsc.gov.