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Bathtub toy recalled after 19 boys hurt

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Munchkin Inc. have announced a voluntary recall of 34,000 bathtub subs.

The intake valve on the bottom of the submarine toy can suck up loose skin, posing laceration hazard to children, according to a written statement from the commission.

It said there have been 19 reports of cuts to boys’ genital areas. One required medical attention.

The battery-operated bathtub submarine toys are yellow, with 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.

They were sold at retail and children’s stores nationwide from November 2009 through September 2010 for about $7.

They were made in China

Anyone who owns one of the bathtub toys is urged to 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 more information, call Munchkin at 877-242-3134 or visit the company’s website at http://www.munchkin.com/

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