Choking hazard has caused Build-A-Bear to recall thousands of plush toys, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced on Thursday, October 22.
The stuffed toys which are subject to the recall are Starbrights Dragons, which were imported from China and commercialized between April 2015 and August 2015 online and in retail stores.
The blue dragons, which have a silver tummy, horns, ears, wings and feet pads, came with a price tag of around $25. The plush animals have horns that light up, and make sounds when their paw is squeezed.
According to estimations, around 33,600 people in the U.S. bought the hazardous toys, which have recently been proven to pose a health risk to children. Also, 1,000 other customers have purchased the plush dragons in Canada.
It appears that a product defect which occurred during manufacturing causes one of the toy’s satin seams to easily open, and the exposed stuffing could be ingested by young kids, causing them to choke.
The popular retailer headquartered in Overland, Missouri has issued the voluntary recall as a precaution, given the fact that safety has been one of the company’s key values ever since its founding 17 years ago.
So far, according to officials, no incidents or injuries have been reported from customers. Nevertheless, those who have purchased the faulty plush toys had to be alerted immediately, to ward off any potential harm to their children.
As the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has revealed, the U.S. items involved in the recall have a tracking label which ends in 9333 or 9334, whereas in Canada the code ends with 9337 or 9459.
In order to check the label of their toy and see if it’s among the hazardous ones, customers must look for it sewn on the backside of the stuffed dragon’s leg.
If they identify one of the above-mentioned labels, they should immediately store the toy someplace else, out of their kids’ reach and sight.
Afterwards, they are advised to take the Starbrights Dragon back to a Build-A-Bear Workshop store, so that they can be awarded a coupon allowing them to receive another stuffed animal in return.
Those wishing to receive more information regarding the recall can visit the company website (www.buildabear.com), enter the “Guest Services” section, and then click on “Product Recalls”, at the bottom of the page, in the column named “Our products”.
Alternatively, they could send an e-mail at [email protected] or contact a customer care representative, at Build-A-Bear’s toll-free number, 1-866-236-5683.
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