McDonald's child activity trackers, called "Step-It," have been pulled from Happy Meals at the long-standing establishment because they were said to give kids rashes and skin irritation, but agencies that can rectify the situation are now making a statement. McDonald's issued its statement some days ago in an effort to be forthcoming about it, but the US government now wants to warn parents about the skin reactions that can be caused by Step-It. In a statement mailed to tech site Mashable, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns parents to bring back the Step-It activity trackers immediately:
I urge parents and caregivers to take the recalled Step-It wristbands away from kids and return these activity trackers to McDonald's right away. McDonald's is giving consumers a replacement toy as well as an incentive. Act now. We do not want any more children to experience rashes or blisters from these recalled products,
CPSC chairman Elliot F. Kaye said.
As we've stated before, if your child or a child you know has a Step-It activity tracker, it's best to return it to McDonald's in exchange for a new gift the fast food chain is giving. Intel-owned Basis with its Basis Peak smartwatch finds itself in the same predicament -- issuing recalls to users.
McDonald's has requested that all Step-It trackers be returned, but the US Government's warning on the matter makes me feel uneasy about these activity trackers. It appears as though multiple children are being affected (as many as 70, according to the current count), though children experience allergic reactions of all types in different ways and at different times. Has your child experienced skin irritation as a result? Have you contacted McDonald's? If so, feel free to chime in on your thoughts about this child activity tracker recall.