Consumer product recall

McDonald's recalls "Step-iT" Activity Wristbands

Starting date:
August 23, 2016
Posting date:
August 23, 2016
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), McDonald's Corp. and McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited.

Affected products

"Step-iT" Activity Wristbands

Product description

This recall involves "Step-iT" activity wristbands, which come in two styles – an "Activity Counter" and a motion-activated "Light-up Band". The Activity Counter comes in translucent plastic orange, blue, or green and features a digital screen that tracks a child’s steps or other movement.  The Light-up Band comes in translucent plastic red, purple, or orange and blinks light with the child’s movement.  Both styles of activity wristbands have a square face with the words "STEP-iT" printed on them and a button to depress and activate the wristband.  The back of the square face contains the etched words "Made for McDonald’s."

Hazard identified

The recalled wristbands can cause skin irritation or burns to consumers.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries in Canada related to the use of the wristbands.

McDonald's has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including reports of minor skin irritations or burns, after wearing the wristbands, at least 8 of which occurred in Canada.

For some tips to help consumers choose safe toys and to help them keep children safe when they play with toys, see the General Toy Safety Tips.

Number sold

Approximately 3.6 million of the recalled wristbands were distributed exclusively at McDonald's restaurants across Canada and approximately 29 million were distributed in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled wristbands were distributed as part of a Happy Meal promotion that ran in Canada from approximately August 9, 2016 to August 17, 2016.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



Martin Brower of Canada Co.





McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited




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What you should do

Consumers should immediately take the recalled wristbands away from children and return them to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or bag of apple slices.

For more information, consumers can contact McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited at 1-888-424-4622 or visit the firm's website

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.