The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Munchkin Inc, of North Hills, Calif., today announced a voluntary recall of the popular Bathtub Subs submersable bath toy.

This recall involves battery-operated bathtub submarine toys. The toy is yellow, has a smiling face, turquoise windows, an orange propeller and an orange periscope that turns the toy on and off. The intake valve has a water pump that sucks in water to propel the submarine. The toy is intended for use by children during bath time.

The intake valve on the bottom of the submarine toy can suck up loose skin, posing laceration hazard to children. To date the CPSC and the company are aware of 19 incidents of lacerations to boys’ genital area. One of the incidents required medical attention.

Approximately 34,000 of the toys, which were manufactured in China, have been sold in the United States at mass merchandise retail stores nationwide and children’s stores nationwide from November 2009 through September 2010 for about $7.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Munchkin for instructions on how to return the product for a free replacement toy.

For additional information, contact Munchkin at (877) 242-3134 anytime or visit the company’s website at http://www.munchkin.com/

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