Such is the case with a series of otherwise darling stuffed animals recalled by Old Navy. Last week the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in tandem with Health Canada gave its blessing to a voluntary recall of the Stuffed Animal and Creature Toys line.
The voluntary recall was announced February 19th.
The offending toys are cute as a button, but that's the problem—they feature plastic button eyes that could detach from the toy, and pose a choking hazard for young children.
The toys are colorful and come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Fashioned, and inspired by various members of the animal kingdom, the darling little toys include a rabbit, penguin and reindeer. The entire line totals nine toys, each with the feared choking hazard.
The stuffed animal toy line was imported by Old Navy LLC of San Francisco. About 35,500 of the toys were imported into the US, with another 5,400 in Canada.
The toys were made in China.
While no injuries have yet been reported, that doesn't mean to suggest there are no injuries. Rather, none have been reported. The button eyes are large enough to become lodged in a child's throat or windpipe if dislodged and swallowed. Children have been known to choke to death on items smaller than the buttons identified in this recall.
The toys were sold at Old Navy stores, and through their Web site at www.oldnavy.com from July 2008 through February 2009 for between $6 and $10. The style number is located on a white label sewn into the side seam of the toy.
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Especially if your child has choked, or may have been harmed.
Here are the product descriptions, and style numbers:
Brown Plaid Creature (Stubby Stuberson)—612756
Pink striped dove—600571
Hot pink creature (Lucy Toothy)—612800
White dog (Dr. Poopsie)—612738
Light pink rabbit—612671
Dark pink rabbit (Honey O'Bunny)—612806