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Potential choking hazard forces Build-A-Bear to make recall

When it comes to our children’s toys, we often assume that they have been tested to make sure that they are safe. Sometimes, the thought that a toy is unsafe never even crosses our minds. This is especially true when it comes to stuffed animals or plush toys. In most cases, who would think that something plush and soft could be harmful?

But that was recently turned upside down when Build-A-Bear announced a recall that could give parents worldwide cause for concern this month. The recall was made after it was determined that one particular stuffed toy made by the company could present a possible choking hazard to small children.

The stuffed toy involved in the recalled is that of Sulley, the blue furry creature from the Monsters Inc movies. According to the recall, the eyes on the stuffed toy can become detached, and if swallowed, can pose a considerable choking risk to small children. The toys were sold both in stores and online and were distributed nationally as well as worldwide. The recall at this time only seems to apply to this particular stuffed animal and not any of the other toys made by Build-A-Bear.

Customers are encouraged to return the recalled item immediately as it is considered dangerous to children. It’s important to point out that while some parents may not be concerned about the potential choking hazard, -- this could be because their children are old enough to not have this be a problem -- resale of the recalled product is illegal and could result in litigation down the road.

While it does not appear as if anyone has been injured or killed because of this product, litigation can still occur if someone is injured by this defective toy down the road.

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

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