Every year, dangerous baby products are recalled for a variety of reasons: choking hazards, toxic substances, suffocation risks, and more. In fact, the average year sees over 100 children’s product recalls, according to the nonprofit organization Kids in Danger (KID). Just this month, more than 3.2 million Calico Critters figures were recalled after two children’s deaths involving pacifier accessories that came with the toys.
Calico Critters Recall
On March 9, Epoch Everlasting Play recalled all of their Calico Critters animal figures and sets sold with small bottle and pacifier accessories, which can pose choking hazards. The recall came after reports of three incidents involving the pacifiers, including two deaths — a 2-year-old child in New Mexico and a 9-month-old infant in Japan.
The affected products were sold from January 2000 through December 2021 at Walmart, Meijer, and other stores nationwide, as well as online via Amazon and the company’s own website. The recall applies to 54 item numbers, which are printed on the bottom of the product packaging. If you have a recalled Calico Critters product, immediately take the bottles and pacifiers away from children and contact the company for instructions on how to receive a free replacement accessory.
Other Recalls Due to Choking Hazards
Like the Calico Critters recall, many children’s products are recalled because of potential choking risks. In just the first few months of 2023, the following recalls due to choking hazards were announced on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website:
- On February 9, WeeSprout recalled about 31,630 Baby Sleep Sacks after receiving 17 reports of the zipper detaching from the sleep sack, posing a choking risk.
- On February 9, Skip Hop recalled around 472,850 Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gyms after receiving 12 reports of children putting the raindrops on the cloud toy in their mouths.
- On February 16, Kids Preferred recalled about 16,140 “My First” Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, and Stitch Figurines after receiving 10 reports of small parts detaching from the figurines, posing a choking hazard.
- On March 2, Patagonia recalled around 8,000 Infant Capilene Midweight Base Layer Sets after receiving a report of a snap on the bodysuit detaching and being mouthed by a baby.
The Skip Hop recall advises consumers to cut the raindrops off the cloud toy and contact the company for a gift card. The other recalls advise consumers to stop using the product immediately and contact the company for instructions on how to receive a refund. You can find more details about the recalls on the CPSC website.
Baby Product Recall Lawyers
If your child suffered an injury due to a recalled children’s toy or any other defective baby product, an experienced attorney can help you seek compensation. At Altman & Altman LLP, we have been helping Massachusetts families harmed by dangerous goods for over 50 years. We are committed to helping you seek justice and to holding companies accountable for manufacturing unsafe products.
Our product liability lawyers have successfully recovered financial compensation from some of the biggest manufacturers and retailers in the world. Because we work on a contingency basis, we won’t charge you anything unless we collect for you. Contact us 24/7 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Boston baby products lawyer.