The popular Build-A-Bear brand took another hit when the company recently issued a recall of more than 300,000 teddy bears.
The Colorful Hearts Teddy Bear has eyes that could fall out and cause a choking hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The December announcement was the third product safety recall for Build-A-Bear in 2011.
The company also had to pay a $600,000 civil penalty because the company did not immediately report a defect in a line of beach chairs it sold for eight years. The chairs had sharp wooden frames that could pinch or even amputate a child’s arm if folded incorrectly. The company was aware of the problem from at least 10 reports over three years before reporting the problem, according to the Huffington Post.
The company also had to recall about 26,000 lapel pins that were made in China in 2011 because they contained too much lead paint. Build-A-Bear did not receive any reports of injuries from the three recalls the company had in 2011. A company spokesperson said the Colorful Hearts Teddy Bear’s problems likely came from substandard fabric that could not keep the eyes on the bear.
The CPSC suggested taking the bear back to the Build-A-Bear store to be exchanged for a safe toy.
Chicago defective products attorney Paul Greenberg has experience representing clients whose children have been injured playing with defective toys and other products. To learn more, call 877-595-HURT (4878) or visit more of http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.