More than 34,000 stuffed animals made by Build-A-Bear are recalled because there is a choking hazard. The company says it’s about a specific toy.
The Starbrights Dragon stuffed animal is the toy line in question. It is a blue dragon, covered in furry fabric, satin belly and feet pads. It also features wings and horns.
It turned out that there is a weak seam at the satin portion which can rip apart easily and expose the stuffing material. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has deemed this a choking hazard for children and says a recall is needed.
Build-A-Bear was quick to react. It posted the following message on its website. Here it is in its entirety:
“At Build-A-Bear Workshop, we recognize the great responsibility we have to provide our guests with products that are safe and fun. Safety is a key part of our brand values and has been since we were founded 17 years ago. In keeping with our values, we have issued a voluntary product safety recall of our Starbrights Dragon. While the Starbrights Dragon passed all toy safety testing, it has come to our attention that the stuffing may become accessible due to a weakness of the satin seam on the middle section of the Starbrights Dragon, which could present a potential choking hazard to young children. Although we have had no reports of safety incidents from consumers and we are unaware of any injuries caused by this product, out of an abundance of caution, we are encouraging guests to immediately return the Starbrights Dragon to a local Build-A-Bear Workshop store to exchange for an available furry friend of their choice. If a guest does not live near one of our stores, we ask that they call our product hotline at 1-866-236-5683, or visit www.buildabear.com/recalls for more information.”
Around 33,600 toys are being recalled all of them sold in the USA. Additional 1000 stuffies sold in Canada are also recalled. All of the toys were sold between April 2015 and August 2015. They carry a tracking label that ends with either 9333 or 9334 in the United States or in 9337 or 9459 in Canada. Currently there are no preports of incidents in relation to the recall.