PhotoVivitar of Edison, N.J., is recalling about 60,000 hot/cold massage balls.

The balls can leak or rupture during or after microwaving, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

The firm has received 84 reports of massage balls bursting during microwaving, including 17 reports of burns to various parts of the body.

This recall involves Vivitar Hot/Cold Massage Balls that are teal, light pink or lavender and come in a package of two balls – one smooth ball and one with raised bumps.

The name “Vivitar,” model number, date code, and UPC can be found on the bottom of the product packaging. The date code can also be found on the smooth ball.

Model Number

Date Code



MID# 1940918



MID# 1940918



MID# 1940918



The massage balls, manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from December 2018, through February 2019, for about $5.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled massage balls and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

Consumers may contact Target at (800) 440-0680 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Recalls” at the bottom of the page, then on “Sports/Fitness/Outdoors” for more information or the “Product Recalls” tab on Target's Facebook page.


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