In a news release, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in conjunction with Pottery Barn Kids, announced the voluntary recall of their Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls because of their potential of a strangulation hazard.
This recall affects around 81,000 dolls in the United States. The dolls are approximately 17-inches high and have hair composed of yarn. Audrey’s hair is black, Chloe’s is dark brown and Sophie sports blond hair. Their names are sewn into tags on their bottom and are a part of the Pottery Barn Kids’ Girl Doll Collection. They were available for sale nationwide at Pottery Barn Kids stores and catalogue and online from July 2006 to April 2011.
The hazard detailed in the recall release is related to the dolls’ hair being long enough to fit around a child’s head and neck. The Audrey doll features a headband that, if it comes loose, can be a strangulation hazard to a child as well.
The company has gotten five reports of dolls with the looped hair. One report pertained to a child that was discovered with a Chloe doll’s hair around their neck. The child was not injured during the incident.
Consumers are urged to take the items away from children immediately and to sever the looped hair on the Chloe and Sophie dolls to remove the hazard.
As a Long Beach personal injury attorney, I’ve witnessed many similar recalls and their tragic effects. If your child was injured while playing with a defective children’s item, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights.