If you're a parent going through the trials of toilet training, or even just a parent with a little one using the toilet at all, you're going to want to read this. There's been a recent recall of step stools used to help kids in the washroom. Here's how to tell if your Squatty Potty step stool hat was recalled, and what you can do to remedy the situation.
Squatty Potty, a family-owned company based in St. George, Utah, makes stools that are specially designed to help adults and children alike achieve the correct posture on the toilet for doing their *business.* According to the company website, the Edwards family created the special step stool to make their customers' bathroom experience "more enjoyable."
We designed, created, tried and tested and then did it again and again. We thought of everything to make your bathroom experience better and more enjoyable. Squatty Potty is the perfect height, shape and design to work with any toilet. It’s comfortable, ergonomic, easy to use, attractive and affordable. Success!
Unfortunately, there has been an issue with an item on the childrens' version of the Squatty Potty, the top hat on the Squatty Pottymus. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the top hat on the Squatty Pottymus toilet step stool was recalled due to a potential slipping hazard.
Squatty Potty didn't immediately respond to Romper's request for comment.
Squatty Pottymus toilet step stools are designed to look like a grey hippopotamus with blue or purple eyes. The stools measure approximately 15.8 by 16.8 by 10 inches, and just over 2,400 units were sold.
The CPSC reports that a part of the Squatty Pottymus could potentially come away from the toilet when a child stands up and cause them to slip and fall.
The top removable step (hat) on the recalled children’s toilet step stools can detach while a child is standing on it, posing injury and fall hazards.
There have already been two reported injuries because of the top hat on the recalled step stool; one child reportedly slipped and fell, hitting her chin on the toilet, biting her lip and causing the inside of her mouth to bleed. The other child hit his head against the wall.
The Squatty Pottymus step stools involved in the recall were sold exclusively online at squattypotty.com or Amazon.com between September 2017 and November 2017. The price of the entire stool was generally around $50 per unit. It's important to note that the step stool, which is designed to fit snugly around the toilet, has not been recalled as a whole. Just the hat portion of the stool has been recalled.
Customers have been raving about the Squatty Potty products on Amazon.com, giving the toilet step stool a 4.5 out of 5 star rating and sharing glowing reviews of the product online.
Squatty Potty is offering consumers who purchased the child's toilet step stools two options to remedy the situation: they should remove the hat portion immediately, and contact Squatty Potty directly for information on how to return the recalled product for a $10 refund.
To contact Squatty Potty directly, customers can call the company toll free at (855) 628-1099 on Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, Mountain Time. The company also offers the option of leaving a message after hours and someone will return your call as soon as possible. There is a contact form on Squatty Potty's Contact Us page, or customers can email email@example.com.
Hopefully, the situation will be remedied and there will be no more reported injuries. Because potty training is hard enough without worrying that your child might slip off their toilet step stool and injure themselves in the process.