Announces Voluntary Recall of Pokémon Ball
Miami, FL -
1999 - Burger King Corporation is voluntarily recalling the
balls included with BURGER KING® kids meals. The balls may pose a
hazard to children under three years of age. Pokémon balls are
ball-shaped plastic containers that hold Pokémon toys in BURGER
KING kids meals. Either half of the Pokémon ball can become
on a child's face, covering the nose and mouth and may cause
of a child under three years of age.
13-month-old girl reportedly
suffocated when one half of a Pokémon ball covered her nose and
mouth. An 18-month old girl reportedly also had a ball half stuck over
her face causing her distress; however, the girl's father on the second
attempt pulled the ball-half from her face and no injury resulted.
are plastic ball-shaped containers between 2 ¾" and 3" in
They pull apart to reveal one of 57 different Pokémon toys
The balls were distributed in a variety of colors including red and
and hot pink. Packaging described them as safety tested and recommended
for all ages of children.
distributed the Pokémon Balls inside BURGER KING BIG KIDS MEALS™
and regular kids meals from early November through December, 1999.
take the balls away from children under the age of three. They should
the ball or return both halves of the ball to a BURGER KING restaurant
for a free small order of french fries. Consumers may continue to use
Pokémon toy that came inside the ball.
continue to distribute the Pokémon toys in balls with BURGER
BIG KIDS MEALS, but the Pokémon balls will no longer be included
with the toy in the regular kids club meals, generally intended for
children. Consumers should not allow children younger than the age of
(3) to play with these balls.*
1999, Burger King Corporation instructed all of its U.S. restaurants to
discontinue distributing the Poké Balls with its Kids Meals.
on Friday, December 31, 1999, out of an abundance of caution, the
decided to cease distribution of the Poké Balls with its Big
Meals as well.