Pottery Barn Kids Recalls Over 80,000 Dolls Due To Strangulation Hazard

Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, announced a recall of over 81,000 Pottery Barn Kids soft dolls due to a strangulation hazard. About 81,000 of the Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls as well as 1,300 in Canada were involved in the recall.

The warning was issued due to the hair on the Chloe and Sophie dolls containing loops that are large enough to fit around a child’s head and neck, and the headband on the Audrey doll, if loosened, can form a loop that fits around a child’s head and neck. These loops can pose a strangulation hazard.

So far, Pottery Barn has receivd five reports of dolls with looped hair, including one report in which a loop of the Chloe doll’s hair was found around the neck of a 21-month old child. The child was not injured.

The dolls measure about 17 inches high and have hair made of yarn. Audrey’s hair is black, Chloe’s hair is dark brown and Sophie’s hair is blonde. The dolls are part of Pottery Barn Kids’ Girl Doll Collection. The doll’s name can be found on a tag sewn onto her bottom.

The toys were sold exclusively through Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide, online at www.potterybarnkids.com and through Pottery Barn Kids catalogs from July 2006 to April 2011 for about $40.

To eliminate the hazard, they are recommending you cut the looped hair of the Chloe and Sophie dolls and remove the headband of the Audrey doll. Consumers may also call Pottery Barn Kids toll-free at (855) 880-4504 between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. PT seven days a week or visit the firm’s website at www.potterybarnkids.com for instructions on how to return the affected dolls for a merchandise credit.

Source: CPSC