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From Products Liability Law Daily, May 29, 2013

Infant Entanglement Risk Prompts Recall of Crib Bumpers

By Joseph Bichl

Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma Inc., of San Francisco, California, recalled some 12,000 crib bumpers after determining that the thread in the decorative stitching on the bumper can loosen, posing an entanglement hazard to infants (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 13-204, May 29, 2013).

To date, Pottery Barn Kids has received two reports of the stitching coming loose and entangling children, including reports of the thread wrapping around a child’s neck. No serious injuries have been reported to the company or to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Product description. The recall involves Pottery Barn Kids “Sweet Lambie Bumpers,” which were manufactured from April 2009 through July 2012. According to the recall report, the cotton bumpers are padded and fit standard cribs. Lambs in grass and lambs with trees are embroidered on the interior and exterior of the bumpers. They were available in the colors pink, blue, and ivory/oatmeal. Model number “708859,” “708917” or “7988348” and “Sweet Lambie Bumper” appear on a tag fastened to the bottom edge of the bumpers. The date of manufacture in MM/YYYY format is printed on a tag attached to the bumper near the model number tag.

The crib bumpers were manufactured by Pure Mars, of China, and were sold at Pottery Barn Kids stores and catalogs and Pottery Barn Outlet stores nationwide, as well as online at http://www.potterybarnkids.com from April 2009 through July 2012 for between $129 and $149.

Remedy. Pottery Barn Kids indicated that consumers should check the tag on the bumper for the month and year of manufacture and stop using the bumper immediately if the date is 04/2009 through 07/2012. In addition, the company advised that consumers with recalled bumpers should contact Pottery Barn Kids for instructions on how to return the bumpers to receive a gift card in the amount of a full refund or a replacement bumper and to receive free return shipping for recalled bumpers.

For more information. Consumers can contact Pottery Barn Kids toll-free at (855) 323-5138, from 7 a.m. to midnight, Eastern Time, daily, or online at http://www.potterybarnkids.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

Companies: Pottery Barn Kids; Williams-Sonoma Inc.; Pure Mars

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