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McDonald’s Recalls 29 Million Fitness Trackers Amid Burn Reports

McDonald’s is recalling 29 million “Step It!” fitness trackers that were given away in some Happy Meals after reports that children experienced skin irritations and burns from the toy’s wristband.

The recall comes less than a week after McDonald’s pulled the fitness tracker from its stores in the U.S. and Canada.

The fast-food giant has received more than 70 reports, including seven reports of blisters from wearing the wristbands, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

Last week, McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey told USA TODAY, the activity trackers, which were available in all U.S. and Canadian stores would no longer be offered in Happy Meals.

“We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated with wearing the band,” Hickey said in a statement.

The “Step It” fitness tracker came in six colors and strapped on like a watch. The device counted steps or blinked according to how quickly or slowly the person wearing the device was moving.

McDonald’s swapped out the plush toys and figurines for the fitness trackers as part of a promotional campaign to get kids moving again in early August.

McDonald’s reiterated on its website that the activity bands were tested and in compliance with federal and state requirements.

“McDonald’s is aggressively investigating this issue,” the company said on its website.“While we do not yet know what may be causing these incidents, we believe it is appropriate to recall these wristbands from consumers in an abundance of caution.”

McDonald’s is urging parents to take the wrist bands from their children and return them to their local McDonald’s restaurant for a new toy or apple slices.

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Half A Million ‘Hoverboards’ Recalled Over Risk Of Fire, Explosions

Pensacola Product Liability LawyerMore than 500,000 balancing scooters — better known as hoverboards, are being recalled because of the risk of fire or explosions.

The devices were extremely popular gifts this past holiday season. Online, they were hits in viral dance videos … and in less-impressive videos of people falling off their new toys.

But hoverboards made headlines for another reason — some of them were apparently catching on fire.

Now several manufacturers and retailers are recalling the devices over the hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday — adding that many devices not included in the recall should be discarded for consumers’ safety.

“There have been at least 99 incident reports of the battery packs in self-balancing scooters/hoverboards overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding,” the CPSC says, “including reports of burn injuries and property damage.”

The full list of recalled devices is at the CPSC site. They were all sold within the last year or so, for between $350 and $900. About 501,000 devices are involved in the recall.

The CPSC advises people who own a recalled hoverboard to stop using it, and to reach out to the manufacturer or retailer for a refund, repair or replacement, depending on what the company is offering.

And if your hoverboard isn’t on the list?

Hoverboards sold on and by third parties will be certified by testing agencies from now on, the CPSC says.

Last December, as reports were emerging of self-combusting hoverboards, Carnegie Mellon University’s Jay Whitacre spoke to NPR about what can cause such fires.

Whitacre, a professor of materials science and engineering, explained that lithium-ion batteries have a flammable electrolyte in them. In most products, including in most hoverboards, the batteries are safe.

But powerful, poor-quality batteries can be dangerous, he said.

“I think a lot of [hoverboard makers] are using second-tier battery sources, which are going to have probably a higher rate of defects,” he said. “These things have more lithium-ion batteries in them than most things because they’re used to move you around. It takes more batteries to get you the power … to do that and as such there’s just more energy in a small space. And so if something does go wrong, it’s a bit more catastrophic.”

Whitacre advised consumers not to overcharge their hoverboards, and never to charge them or use them indoors.

Now, depending on the model, owners may have a third precautionary option: Sending the ‘board back for a refund.