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Choking Hazard Prompts Build-A-Bear to Recall Over 280,000 Teddy Bears

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced the voluntary recall of 284,000 Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears. The recall is over concerns that the stuffed doll’s eyes might come lose and fall off, creating a potential choking hazard. To date, there have been no reports of related injuries.
The announcement comes shortly after the CPSC fined Build-A-Bear $600,000 over a defective toy beach chair. The fine settles claims that the company allegedly knew that the toys were dangerous long before notifying the CPSC about the product defect.
The CPSC claims that Build-A-Bear started getting reports as early as July 2007 that the toy chairs, which are accessories for their stuffed animals, could cause laceration, pinching, and fingertip amputation injuries in the event that the finger or another part of the body were to get caught in the middle of the wood frame while it was being folded. Build-A-Bear finally reported the defect in March 2009. Prior to that, however, in October 2008 the company stopped selling the chairs and told stores to give the product back to the storage warehouse.
Build-A-Bear says that with over 200,000 toy chairs sold between 2001 and 2008, it had received 10 injury complaints.
Companies must report a product defect that poses a substantial injury risk immediately. The CPSC has taken a tough stance against companies that fail to notify it about any products that pose a serious injury risk. In 2005, Graco Children’s Products Inc. was fined $4 million for not notifying the government in a timely manner about over 12 million products that were dangerous to kids.
Notifying the government about a defective product makes it easier for the public to become aware that a product may be dangerous. This may prevent serious injuries from happening.
Build-A-Bear Workshop to pay $600,000 fine in defective toy chair case, Business Insurance, December 22, 2011
Build-A-Bear Recalls Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears Due to Choking Hazard, CPSC, December 23, 2011
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Prevent Child Injuries This Holiday Season By Avoiding Dangerous and Defective Toys, Product Liability Law Blog, November 23, 2011
Little Tikes Recalls Another 1.7 Million Toy Workshop and Tool Sets Over Choking Hazard, Product Liability Law Blog, October 6, 2011

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