Updated | In what might present a scare to many parents, more than half a million products for babies have been recalled due to a choking hazard.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 600,000 Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier/teether holders on Thursday, saying the only remedy for the issue is to replace the item. The Dr. Brown’s products present a danger to young children because a snap on the item’s ribbon can detach, which then presents a choking hazard.
The problem could potentially affect a lot of folks. Some 590,000 have been sold in the U.S. with another 10,500 sold in Canada. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the $10 pacifier holders were sold at a number of major retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, H-E-B Grocery, Kmart, Target, Toys “R” Us/Babies “R Us,” Walmart and online at Amazon, among other places. The items were on sale from August 2015 to March 2018.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 67 incidents in which the ribbon frayed and detached but no injuries.
The Dr. Brown’s pacifier/teether holders were stylized to look like animals. The designs involved with the recall are the giraffe, zebra, turtle, deer, bunny and special holiday-edition reindeer, frog and Spring bunny. If you want to see if your product was a part of the recall, you can also check a code located on the tag of the holder.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the products with these codes are a part of the recall: RICH0615, RICH0715, RICH0815, RICH1215, RICH0516, RICH0616, RICH0716, RICH1116, RICH1016, RICH0916, RICH1216, RICH0317, RICH0417, RICH0517, RICH0617, RICH0717, RICH0817 and RICH0917. You can also check if you product was affected using this Dr. Brown’s web page.
Those affected by the recall should immediately take the product away from young children and contact the import company, Handi-Craft, for a replacement product. The company’s phone number is 833-224-7674.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the items recalled were pacifiers. They are pacifier/teether holders.