The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that on December 23, Build-A-Bear issues a massive voluntary recall of one of their teddy bears. There is a hazard of the eyes loosening and falling off the bear, which poses a choking hazard to children. The bear was available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and online from April of this year through December.
While there have not been any reports of injuries so far, consumers are being urges to stop using the toy immediately. Anyone with the colorful hearts teddy bear should return the product to any Build-A-Bear workshop and they will receive a coupon for any available stuffed toy from the store.
This has been a rough year for the toy retailer because this is the third recall they have issued in 2011. There was also an announcement made on December 12 that Build-A-Bear was to pay a $600,000 penalty for failing to immediately report a defect associated with its toy bear beach chair. The company recalled 260,000 of these chairs in May 2009. The chair product did cause some injuries and has a risk to pinch, lacerate, or amputate a child’s fingertip if it becomes caught where the chair folds.
The CPSC reported that manufacturers, retailers, and distributors are required by law to report any defect within 24 hours of finding reasonable information to support that there is a hazard.
St. Louis Today spoke with Ed Mierzwinski, consumer advocate for U.S. Public Interest Research Groups about the sting of Build-A-Bear recalls. He expressed that he was glad they issued the recall and that eyes falling off dolls and stuffed animals is a well-known problem, but he still was worried about the spiral this company is in.
“This company—its recent time line—gives me some concern that they really need to review their management and their risk analysis to make sure they are in compliance with the law to protect children,” he said.
The other recalls this year include a pink inner tube that poses a suffocation risk and a lapel pin that contained high levels of lead in the paint. For additional information on this recall, call (866) 236-5683, visit their website at www.buildabear.com, or email them at [email protected]
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