Tommee Tippee Bottle and Food Warmer Recall Issued After Reports of Overheating, Fires
More than a quarter of a million Tommee Tippee electric bottle and food warmers are being recalled by the manufacturer, after reports of problems experienced by parents and caregivers suggest that the devices may overheat or burst into flames.
The Tommee Tippee electric bottle and food warmer recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on June 21, following at least six reports of the warmers overheating, melting, smoking and catching on fire, resulting in roughly $16,000 in property damage. To date, no injuries have been reported.
The recall includes an estimated 255,000 Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature electric bottle and food warmers that were sold individually or as part of the Complete Starter Kit or the All in One Newborn Set. The warmers are white with a gray adjustable control dial and measure about 5 inches tall by 5 and half inches long. The devices have the brand name Tommee Tippee stamped on the front of the unit and has “Min” or “0” stamped on the left-hand side of the control dial. On the underside of the warmers are a UL logo and a six digit alpha-numeric code beginning with a number and ending in “GY”.
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The recalled bottle and food warmers were manufactured in China under Mayborn USAQ Inc., of Norwood, Massachusetts.They were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide including Baby Depot, Baby Heaven, Bealls Outlet, Buy Buy Baby, CVS, Giant, Ideal Baby and Kids, Kohl’s, Marco Baby, Marshalls, Meijer, Ross Stores, Sam’s Club, Target, TJ Maxx, Toys R Us, Walgreens and Wal-Mart as well as online at Amazon.com, Diapers.com, Drugstore.com and Quidsi.com from July 2011 through April 2016 for between $21 individually and $120 for the starter kit or newborn set.
The CPSC is asking customers to stop using the products immediately and to contact Mayborn at 844-340-3420 or visit them online at www.tommeetippee.com and navigate to the recall tab for information on how to receive a free replacement warmer.
The announcement follows a Tommee Tippee Sippee Cup recall in May. More than three million spill-proof cups were pulled from the market due to concerns that mold may grow inside the cup’s valve, which has resulted in thousands of consumer complaints and dozens of injuries nationwide involving children who may have been sickened by the mold.
The CPSC investigated after parents brought national attention to the issue on social media, posting pictures of the disgusting black mold inside of the solid white plastic valves that children had drank from for months or longer according to some accounts on Facebook.
The federal investigation revealed roughly 3,066 complaints from parents or caregivers involving mold growth in the removable, one piece valve inside cups. To date, at least 68 children have reportedly become ill with mold ingestion symptoms, including respiratory issues, vomiting and diarrhea.
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