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Stuffed toy could create monstrous problems

Although every consumer product should go through some form of testing to best ensure safety, items that are designed for small children should go through particularly rigorous inspections. Because kids often don't have the capability to determine what is safe or unsafe, they can be harmed by products that pose little threat to adults. Knowing this, parents should be aware of a recent product recall involving a stuffed animal.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, which has a location in Minnesota, recently issued a voluntary recall of a stuffed character from the "Monsters" animated movie series. According to reports, one of the plastic eyes on the toy can detach and present a choking hazard to children.

Information provided by the toy's manufacturer indicates that the hazardous plastic eye is about one inch in diameter, which could very easily get caught in a child's throat. In total, about 25,000 of these dangerous products were sold in the United States, and no more can be sold in the wake of the recall.

At this time, no injuries related to the toy have been reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. At the same time, however, this doesn't mean that this product design defect is no longer a threat. Thousands of these toys could still be in households with children.

When product manufacturers fail to uphold their duty to design and construct toys that are safe for the intended consumer, they could be held accountable with a products liability claim. A successful suit can help families and children harmed by dangerous toys recoup their losses and work through the healing process.

Source: Clarksville Online, “Build-A-Bear Recalls Stuffed Animal Toy Due to Choking Hazard,” Sep. 3, 2013

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