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Has There Been A Silly Bands Recall?

Seems like with every super popular kids toy or trend, there are always rumors of a recall. The shelves empty, news reports that the popular toys are banned from schools, and suddenly everyone is asking if there has been a recall.

We get a decent amount of our readers from web searches like Google or Yahoo and can see a list of all the search terms people use to find our site. In this case, we’ve been seeing a bunch of searches for things like “is there a silly bands recall” and “silly bands recalled”

If you are impatient, as far as we know, there has been no Silly Bands recall.  In fact, it would be hard to imagine a situation where they would be recalled.  Most recalls involve something like a breakage hazard such as your kids scooters wheels falling off, or something intended for babies or toddlers that can result in strangulation, or something made of toxic metals or something inherently dangerous to all ages such as Jarts.  Seems unlikely that there would be anything toxic about them, considering they aren’t intended to be ingested at all, but you never know.

Knock off Silly Bands are everywhere

With Silly Bandz we’re basically talking about rubber bands here, just not the traditional round shape.  Yeah, it might hurt if you stretch them too far and they snap.  Sure, you could hurt a person’s eye with them if you stretch and shoot them.  But they’re essentially rubber bands, which have been around for over 150 years now.   We don’t expect a Silly Bandz recall anytime soon.

Note that we’re talking about REAL brand name Silly Bandz here.  They are specifically made to be large enough for wearing and are made from silicone so they won’t shrink when wet.  BUT the huge popularity of Silly Bands have spawned hundreds of knock offs called Fun Bands, Wacky Bandz, Shape Bands and so on and so on.  Some are silicon, some are plastic, some are rubber, some are who knows what.  We would not recommend giving ANY of the knockoff brands to your children.

That being said, you will likely have trouble finding *real* Silly Bands at you local toy retailer, especially if you are looking at discount stores.

Click here for where we’ve found real brand name Silly Bands at prices under $3 a pack.

Note that Silly Bands are marked as not for kids under three, as they do present a choking hazard when balled up.  Remind your kids they should never put them in their mouth.  Also, remind kids that they should NOT be stretched and used as a necklace either.

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35 comments… add one

  • Dave - Silly Bandz June 11, 2010, 7:51 am

    Good Point about these silly bands. I do think it is also important to warn kids about the risks of having TOO MANY on their arms. If tight on their arm they could lose circulation at result in some problems. But other than that, these things are extremely hot and probably will be for some time.

  • madiso June 20, 2010, 10:53 pm

    i have around 250 my sister has 20 because she lost the all the are a kid favorite but, it is true children under 3 should not have them they cold eat them a choke, find a way to put them on there neck and chock, and having to many could be a problem. i cant belive they got banned from some schools there just braclets how much harm can they do?, again teachers haveing to take time to take them away from kids and sending them to the offica. the weird thing is they got so so SO pouplar that i see boy wareing them all ages in elemtary school,middle school, highschool and collage who knew 😐

  • BJ June 27, 2010, 11:38 am

    I wear 2 every day, they look awesome.

  • Someone July 9, 2010, 8:01 pm

    I have know a child whom has 60 of these bracelets. What i heard though was that the glittered and scented Silly Bandz have been recalled. But then again if could be a different brand in bracelets that turn into things, much like Silly Bandz.

  • Remo July 9, 2010, 9:59 pm

    We haven’t heard about any Silly Bandz or other related toy recall here at The Toy Report. While they don’t list every single toy that is recalled, the CPSC has a fairly comprehensive list on their website that doesn’t list anything related. Check out http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/category/toy.html

  • A Person July 18, 2010, 10:52 pm

    I know the silly bands aren’t recalled but I have a friend who works in a hospital and they told me those bands have been cutting off a bunch of kids circulation so their hands were amputated. I don’t think they are safe at all.

  • Remo July 19, 2010, 10:02 pm

    A Person, that is extremely hard to believe. Does your friend have a name? Does the hospital? Have any reports of “amputations” been confirmed? You really think someone would not notice that their hand was turning black? This is how rumors spread. No proof.

  • Tracy Charles August 24, 2010, 9:19 pm

    My son is 3 years old and he came home from prek today and his silly bands had shrunk and was cutting into his wrist so myself I don’t think they are very safe.

  • Remo August 24, 2010, 10:07 pm

    1) How many bands was he wearing?
    2) Were they official Silly Bands brand or a knockoff?

  • Tracy Charles August 25, 2010, 7:33 am

    He had 4 silly bands on and 3 of them had shrunk and was in his skin one of them was still ok. He never sleeps in them or baths in them he puts them on the first thing when he gets up. They have so many different kinds so i don’t know if its the official silly bands or not.

  • Remo August 25, 2010, 9:14 am

    Unfortunately, that’s the problem with the cheap knockoff version. Real brand name Silly Bands should never shrink, and being made of silicon, should not shrink. If they were real Silly Bands, you should inform the company immediately and include a picture of the band in question.

  • Adrianna August 27, 2010, 8:29 pm

    They are stupid. My little brother was in fights at his preschool over them. Yo can get 12 for a dollar at walmart and they are stupid bracelets. These kids don’t look cool, you take them of and the kids have marks on their arms. One or two is fine. But in middle school I used to wear normal rubber bands. Not colored oddly shaped ones. I coulda thought this one up.

  • Johnny Melchor August 29, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Parents should beaware of the hidden danger of these so-called silly bandz.
    My daughter who is 4 1/2 loves her silly bandz and yesterday evening she had on a few and she came and told me her wrist was hurting. I reomoved the silly bands right away and these Silly Bandz were cutting of her circulation and left inprints on her little wrist. I think the Company should be responsible to advise the public about the danger and should try some experiments before a child is really injured by these Silly Bandz.

  • Remo August 30, 2010, 2:37 pm

    I hate to keep harping on this, but it’s necessary. Johnny, were these brand name Silly Bandz? It’s really hard to believe that real Silly Bandz would cause these issues. They are sized to fit an adult comfortably, and should be no problem on a 4 year old.

    Now, I have no faith that the cheap knock off shaped bands are sized correctly. They say a few cents a band by sizing them smaller, but then you get these issues.

    If you had this issue with a brand name Silly Band, please send us a photo of the band in question, we’d love to follow up with the manufacturer for you.

  • Journey September 2, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Well I wear silly bands and 2 people told me that 1st. Dont wear silly bandz when you sweat because they can give you skin cancer. 2nd. Dont wear the glow in the dark silly bandz they give you skin cancer. And no they arent knock off brand.

  • Remo September 2, 2010, 9:27 pm

    OMG Journey! 2 people told you that! Are they scientists? Doctors involved in skin cancer research? 13 year olds who heard it from a friends friends friend?

    Seriously, there is absolutely NO evidence silicon bands cause skin cancer. None. But it’s been 100% proven as scientific fact that the big glowing orb in the sky does cause skin cancer. Seriously. So go to the beach, but make sure you don’t sweat on your Silly Bandz!

  • Emmaly September 4, 2010, 5:06 pm

    I DON’T wear them but i have over 200 glowing kinds glitter and charms and rings and scented but I keep them in a safe container so they don’t break and if u want to wear them get like something SAFE to put around ur neck like in the googly bands charms and there is a stretchy necklace and put the silly bands on and u have something that can’t cut ur circulation off cuz its loose its what my sister does. I just keep them in a box. Never heard off it being recalled.

  • JesteneSBF1 September 5, 2010, 3:56 am

    i totally ‘dore silly bands! right now i have exactly 138 silly bands! from ducks to shoes i’ve got em all! and i waiting for more! i LUV silly bands! (and i’ve got beiber fever LOL)

  • JesteneSBF1 September 5, 2010, 3:58 am

    i was jk about the beiber fever, i acaully hate justin and he is more loco then the coco on cocoa puffs!

  • Christina September 8, 2010, 4:44 pm

    I have heard about them cutting off the circulation. So I have told my kids they are not allowed to wear them. It was on GMA about it. I sorry but if something going to hurt my child I don’t need it. I have done my research and I will not allow them in my house because I have four children under three and my teenagers think you need to wear a hundred of them Nope.

  • Remo September 8, 2010, 5:51 pm

    Christina, here is the report you are likely speaking about: abcnews.go.com/GMA/Parenting/video/silly-bandz-10788029

    Note that there is no information about them cutting off circulation other than an anecdote by a school nurse (who is certainly not a medical expert). But you are right to avoid them for children under three. In fact, we’d strongly recommend that you don’t give Silly Bandz to children under 5 and I believe that’s the manufacturer’s stance as well.

  • a person September 17, 2010, 4:43 pm

    i have heard that u can get warts when u wet them or sweat on them its all over my school but i dont know if its true?!

  • Phil September 18, 2010, 2:40 am

    It looks silly bands are still very hot in the new term.

  • maggie September 18, 2010, 1:56 pm

    the silly bandz dino pack REAL SILLY BANDZ are tiny they dont even fit kids. and u can lose ur hand with REAL silly bandz.

  • apple September 25, 2010, 4:03 pm

    this silly bands bum i got 20045 of them for my little neice she lovethem i only wear one each day holla u just read apple thats my real name my mom got it from her friend named apple

  • bella September 29, 2010, 7:55 am

    I heared if u keep sillybands on to long they cut off circuluation or a blood clout or numbness and swelling.

  • toy assoc October 1, 2010, 2:21 am

    I work for a large corporation the brand (brand removed) have had a recall we had to pull thousands of packages out of our stores.

  • Remo October 1, 2010, 9:25 am

    Toy assoc, we could find no information about any recall on the brand of bands you specified (which I removed since I could find no proof whatsoever). We called that manufacturer, who informed us that they have called packs of bands back from distributors since they were being “retired” to make way for new products and to make them more collectible.

    If you have any proof or documentation or CPSC publication on the matter, we’d love to see it!

  • Rose October 2, 2010, 9:15 am

    Our company produces a line of silicone rubber bands and we are quite proud of their educational value and product safety. All have been tested and conform to US guidelines.

    Our Bandz are called CityBandz and feature historical or icons of the City of New York and Philadelphia. Other cities are coming. Each of the bands hav cultural and historical value and can be looked up on their websites. Take a look. They are fun and teachers should like them.

  • KC October 4, 2010, 4:58 pm

    silly bandz are a rip off, my kids spent $30 from these silly bandz! :@

  • AkReporter October 6, 2010, 5:26 pm

    I am writing an article for the school newspaper on the “silly band splurge”
    I would enjoy to hear everyones input ( be descriptive) on silly bandz.
    whats your opinion? why do you like/dont like them?

  • AMMMMMMS October 22, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I have 12 silly bads! and i dont usually wear them around my wrists, because i have 3 badds that uyou can open and close so i put all my silly bands on then and make a necklace! and i love doing it because its very rare and some people dont know where to get them even tho i got them and clairs for $4.00. But still i mean who wouldn’t! its waaaay better then cutting of your circulation!

  • joeyd November 21, 2010, 3:59 pm

    silly bands are fun and entertaining with there shapes i dont think you should say there bad that is stupid to think there bad me and my sister have bought hundrens of silly bands and we have never had a problem sill bands are awesome i bet you just dont want to spend the money on your children

  • Eva August 15, 2011, 4:16 pm

    Yeah people/companys copy the original ‘silly bandz ‘ to make more money and stuff like that because the oringinal is ‘ silly bandz ‘ and other companys call it shaped rubber bandz or something like that. It’s annoying but I have different brands of silly bandz. Also I have alot like in the 100’s and i wear some not alot. And yes, they are banned fro m sone ( alot ) as well as mine but some people like wear 1, 2, 3, or 4 now but luckily my school prinapal forgot they bann them. Also, I think some ” brands ” of silly bandz because as i said people copy the original.
    As i said I think some ” brands ” of silly bandz so yeah this was info what i think and some other stuff bout sillybandz/a realation of your post

  • Sarah March 22, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Did anyone hear about the little boy who wore his silly bands too long and they sink into his arm? My brother found it online so I’m not shrue what the website was.

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