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Infant socks recalled because of choking hazard

A recent recall from the company Classic Characters has California parents on edge this month. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the company's line of infant socks that look like frogs are being recalled after it was discovered that the knit face of the frog on the front of the sock could become detached, which poses a choking hazard to infants and young children.

Although no injuries or wrongful deaths have been reported at this time, Classic Characters is not taking any chances and has decided to issue the recall. The socks, which were sold at Cracker Barrel stores nationwide, did not appear to pose any risk to children until the product defect was discovered. It's estimated that approximately 5,000 units of the socks were sold to Cracker Barrel stores across the country.

The socks were sold between January 2013 and March 2013 and Classic Characters is urging consumers who have purchased the product to return the socks immediately. Any socks returned to any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will receive a full refund. Socks sent directly back to Classic Characters will also receive a refund plus shipping charges.

Although California residents generally expect recalls to occur on occasion, they usually don't expect them to include clothing items such as the one mentioned above. While we don't usually think of socks as a choking hazard, the fact that there is a piece attached to the sock that can easily detach and present a choking hazard is enough for us to second guess what we generally think of as safe. The hope now is that no one is injured before all of the products are returned by consumers and retailers.

Source: The Consumer Product Safety Commission, "Classic Characters Recalls Infant Socks Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store," April 18, 2013

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