Consumer product recall

Party City recalls Smile Maracas

Starting date:
December 2, 2016
Posting date:
December 2, 2016
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Children's Products, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Choking Hazard, Laceration Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Smile Maracas Party Favors Value Pack

Product description

This recall involves clear plastic mini maracas in blue, pink, orange and green with a black smiley face on one side. The interior of the maracas contain small various coloured plastic balls. The mini maracas are sold in a transparent package of 12 maracas with UPC 048419627050.

Hazard identified

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that these maracas do not meet the Canadian safety requirements for toys. The maracas can release small parts, posing a choking hazard to young children. When small parts detach, sharp points can be exposed posing a laceration hazard.

As of November 30, 2016, the company has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these toys 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 2,761 units of the recalled toys were sold in Canada at Party City stores.

Time period sold

The recalled toys were sold from June 2013 to November 2016.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



Hay Nien Company Limited


Hong Kong



Party City Canada

North York



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What you should do

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and return it to the nearest Party City store location for a credit.

For more information, consumers may contact Party City Canada by telephone toll-free at 1-800-727-8924, by email or visit the company'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.