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From Products Liability Law Daily, May 13, 2016

Hobby Lobby recalls baby items that pose choking hazard

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has announced two safety recalls involving around 27,300 baby rattles and pacifier holders that pose a choking hazard to small children.

Little Wishes chenille stuffed rattles. (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 16-161, May 12, 2016). Hobby Lobby has recalled around 14,400 rattles because the seams on these rattles can separate, exposing the fiber stuffing and bell rattle, posing a choking hazard. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Little Wishes chenille stuffed rattles, including the pink & green fish rattles, item number 5141577, and the blue & yellow fish rattles, item number 5127642. The rattles are made of a soft chenille fabric with a fiber stuffing. They are 8.5 inches by 7 inches and have a hole cut out in the middle. The item number is printed on the top left corner of the product hang tag. The rattles have a sewn-in label with “Reg. No. PA-15130(CN)” and “Hobby Lobby 9123069” printed on the front of the label. These rattles, which were manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby Stores nationwide from January 2016 through April 2016 for about $7.

Little Wishes summer plush pacifier holders. (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 16-160, May 12, 2016). The company has also recalled around 12,900 pacifier holders because the fin of the whale and the head of the octopus can detach from the pacifier holder, posing a choking hazard. Hobby Lobby has received one report of the whale fin detaching from the pacifier holder. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Little Wishes summer plush pacifier holders, including the blue whale, item number 5202601, and the pink octopus, item number 5725213. The pacifier holders are made of a plush fabric, stuffed with fiber, measure approximately 4.5 inches by 2 inches, and have a 10-inch ribbon attached to the body. The item number is printed on the top left corner of the product hang tag. “Hobby Lobby 9123069” is printed on the front and back of the sewn-in label. These pacifier holders, which were manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby Stores nationwide from January 2016 through April 2016 for about $5.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the recalled rattles and pacifier holders immediately and return them to the nearest Hobby Lobby store for a full refund or store credit.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Hobby Lobby Stores at 800-326-7931 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or online at www.hobbylobby.com and click on the “Recall” tab at the bottom of the page.

Companies: Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.

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