McDonald’s removes fitness tracker from Happy Meals after kids get rashes

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McDonald’s is removing the Step-It activity trackers from Happy Meals due to concerns over skin irritations, according to a statement.

“We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated from wearing the band,” company spokeswoman Terri Hickey said in the statement. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and we are fully investigating this issue.”

The exact number of reports was not specified.

Casey Collyar of Arkansas, wrote on Facebook last week that her child was burned by the Happy Meal toy after playing with it for eight minutes. Her post was shared more than 100,000 times.

The fitness trackers, which come in six bright colors, were already being distributed and were set to be available for four weeks in the United States and Canada. The plastic wrist-worn pedometer measures steps and blinks quickly or slowly depending on the pace of the person wearing it.

In a promotional video for the gadget, two girls are trying out several different physical activities to increase the number of their step counts.