First, these Build-A-Bear® swimwear “sets,” consisting of a bathing suit and innertube, are for teddy bears toys (not for children) to wear. The swimwear/innertube sets were sold from April 2011 through August 2011. Only now, in November 2011, are 19,200 of them being recalled due to a strangulation hazard.
The swimwear and innertube sets were made in China and imported to the U.S. by Build-A-Bear® Workshops. The matching pink innertube accessory that comes with the teddy bear swimwear set can be pulled over a small child’s head posing a strangulation hazard. According to the CPSC, Build-A-Bear received one report in which a 3-year old child had pulled the innertube over her own head and had difficulty removing it.
CPSC noted that “the inner tube is part of the three-piece Fruit Tutu Bikini swimwear set for teddy bears, which includes a two-piece, fruit-print bikini. The inner tube is 9 inches in diameter and pink with white and yellow flowers printed on it. The model number of the swimwear set is 017220 and is located on the price sticker on the “Build-A-Bear” cardboard tag.”
If your child has this teddy bear swimwear set with innertube, please remove it from your child’s access, play area or toy box, and return it to any Build-A-Bear® Workshop store for a $5 store coupon. If it’s not possible to return the set to a Build-A-Bear Workshop store, consumers may contact the company by calling Build-A-Bear Service Representative (toll free) 1-877-789-BEAR (2327) or by visiting the Build-A-Bear website athttp://www.buildabear.com/shopping/contents/content.jsp?catId=300001&id=400005.
To view a photo of this Build-A-Bear Teddy Bear Swimwear Set and Innertube, go to the CPSC website: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12041.html.
Another Toy to Avoid This Holiday Season
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Battat Inc. has voluntarily recalled 95,000 Toulouse Lap-Trec Magnetic Magic Sketchboards as the magnetic pen tip poses a choking hazard to young children.
Battat Inc. of Plattsburgh, New York, imported the Magnetic Magic Sketchboards which were manufactured in China and sold them at Target Stores nationwide for approximately $16 from March 2010 through March 2011.
The hazard is the magnetic tip of the drawing pen, which can become detached from the pen, posing a choking hazard to children. Battat has received 19 reports of the magnetic tip detaching from the pen, but no reports of injuries.
According to CPSC’s recall announcement, the Toulouse-LapTrec magnetic sketchboard has a white plastic writing surface bordered by either a red or brown plastic frame. The sketchboard has a bean bag-type back. Four animal shapes of a rabbit, dog, cat and duck are at the top of the sketchboard. The multicolored magnetic pen is attached to the front of the sketchpad. Consumers can locate the model number BX1026 (red frame) or BX1027 (brown frame) on the paper wrapper that comes with the product at the time it was purchased.
Consumers and parents who have received this toy as a gift for their children should immediately remove it from the child’s access, play area or toy box, and contact the company to receive a free replacement sketchboard. Consumers can call Battat’s toll-free number (866) 665-5524 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Battat’s website at www.battatco.com
For photos of the recalled Toulouse Lap-Trec Magnetic SketchBoard, please visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12031.html
ChildSafetyBlog.org is reviewing toys for sale this holiday season, and those who follow our postings may anticipate seeing more recall notices as well as alerts about toys, childhood furniture, children’s clothing and jewelry.