A product defect recall has been issued for about 600,000 Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier and teether holders after it was determined that they could pose choking hazards. According to a USA Today news report, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the recall applies to 590,000 holders along with 10,500 sold in Canada. The holders, which were sold in eight different animal shapes including zebras, giraffes and turtles have a snap, which could detach from the pacifier’s ribbon, posing a choking hazard for young children.
The manufacturer has not reported any injuries, but they have received 67 reports of the ribbon fraying and the snap detaching. Health Canada, that country’s health agency, got two complaints and no reports of injuries. Anyone who bought one of these recalled holders, which were sold between August 2015 and March 2018, are asked to remove them from the reach of young children right away. Contact Handi-Craft to get a replacement or another product. The items, made in China, cost about $10 and were sold at large retailers such as Target, K-Mart, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and online on Amazon.
Choking Risks and Tips to Prevent Them
Younger children are at risk of choking on a number of everyday things from food items such as pieces of meat, candy and fruit to household items such as coins and small batteries, and toy or toy parts. In addition, they may choke on any other small objects that may be found in the nursery or anywhere in the home.
Here are a few tips to prevent choking accidents:
- Keep small objects out of your child’s reach. Young children are innately curious and tend to put things in their mouths. Check the floor for small objects by getting down to the child’s height and looking around for what they might see.
- Use toys that are solid and sturdy. Don’t buy toys with tiny parts or parts that could break off. Check toys for exposed stuffing and loose buttons or screws.
- Keep toys for small children and other siblings in separate boxes or in different areas in your home. Encourage older siblings to keep their small toys out of reach. This may include Legos, beads, car parts, etc.
If your child has been injured as the result of a dangerous, defective or recalled product, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the injuries, damages and losses sustained. Contact an experienced product defect lawyer to obtain more information.