December 27, 1999

Release # 00-046

Company Phone Number: 305-378-3535 

Burger King Contact: Kim Miller or Charles Nicolas, (305) 378-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Burger King Corporation is voluntarily recalling more than 25 million Pokemon balls included with Burger King kids meals. The balls may pose a suffocation hazard to children under three years of age. Pokemon balls are the ball-shaped plastic containers that hold Pokemon toys in Burger King kids meals. Either half of the Pokemon ball can become stuck on a child's face, covering the nose and mouth and may cause suffocation of a child under three years of age.

A 13-month-old girl reportedly suffocated when one-half of a Pokemon 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.

The Pokemon balls are plastic ball-shaped containers between 2 ?" and 3" in diameter. They pull apart to reveal one of 57 different Pokemon toys inside. The balls were distributed in a variety of colors including red and white, and hot pink. Packaging described them as safety tested and recommended for all ages of children.

Picture of Pokemon Balls