Specific Build-A-Bears may not be so snuggly, declared a hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is a governmental agency that helps to protect the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death that could result from dangerous products released into the stream of commerce.

The Build-A-Bear experience has become very popular amongst young children who love the brightly lit store filled with sensory stimulating bold colors and soft and snuggly stuffed bears. Children in New York and across the nation especially love the part of the experience where they can design and create their own bear. Some of those bears may not be as comforting as originally thought after a recall of the Colorful Hears Teddy Bears line was announced.

The announcement was made in cooperation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and the Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. and affects approximately 284,000 bears that were sold in the United States.

According to the recall, the teddy bear’s eyes were known to come free of their thread mountings and pose a significant choking hazard to young children. Small items are very dangerous for young ones who are known to grab anything at hand and put it in their mouths. A snuggly bear with small parts that could easily become loose in a crib poses significant risk and likelihood that the child will ingest them.

Parents trust that products made for kids are safe, and there is really no way for them to predict the dangers that a dangerous product could pose to their children. If your child has been injured by a product that was supposed to be safe, you may be able to recover compensation on their behalf, holding those who injured your child liable for their negligence.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “Build-A-Bear Recalls Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears Due to Choking Hazard,” Dec. 23, 2011