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Popular chain Build-A-Bear is voluntarily recalling around 300,000 of its teddy bears. The teddy bear recall comes after fears that the stuffed toys' eyes may pop out. Younger children could choke on the small piece.
The recalled bears are the "Colorful Hearts" teddy bear. The bear is white with multi-colored hearts. Its ears and bottom paws are pink.
The bear was sold in the U.S. and in Canada. The company hasn't received word of any injuries or deaths due to the defect.
The company says that some bears were made using substandard fabric. The fabric could tear around the eye area, causing the eye to fall out. It could then create a potential choking hazard for younger children.
The company has issued several other recalls in recent years, reports NPR. They previously recalled an inner tube, a lapel pin, and a toy beach chair. All recalls were due to potential safety problems.
The company settled the toy beach chair issue last month for $600,000. The Consumer Product Safety Commission alleged that the company did not promptly report problems.
Parents should take the "Colorful Hearts" bear away from children as soon as possible. Customers who purchased the bear can return the toy to any Build-A-Bear store for a coupon good for any stuffed animal.
For more information about the Build-A-Bear teddy bear recall, visit the company's website. Consumers may also e-mail the company at firstname.lastname@example.org. Build-A-Bear is also maintaining a hotline at 1-866-236-5683, staffed from Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT, and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT.
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