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Dangerous toy recalled for choking hazard

Before the holidays we wrote about a public research group that was warning parents about the fact that there are still dangerous toys on the market, and to do proper research before buying gifts. However, now one popular children's toy -- that was sold during this holiday season in Tennessee and throughout the country -- was recently recalled due to a choking hazard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of the Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears manufactured by Build-A-Bear Workshop. These teddy bears, which are stuffed animals with multi-colored hearts, were sold at stores nationwide, and also online. The bears were sold from April 2011 through December 2011. In total, there were around 284,000 of these teddy bears sold throughout the United States.

The problem is related to a choking hazard, as the bear's black plastic eyes could fall out. Small children could then put these eyes in their mouth and end up choking.

Anyone with one of these teddy bears is urged to return it immediately to any Build-A-Bear location. In Tennessee, there are seven locations, with one located in Nashville.

Sadly, every year thousands of children end up in emergency rooms due to toy-related injuries. Out of all of those hospital visits, choking is also one of the top killers related to children and toys.

And while these Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears were recalled, the entire incident highlights the fact that even with numerous legal regulations that are designed to prohibit the manufacturing and selling of dangerous toys, there are still cases where those toys are still introduced to the public.


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