This article originally published on March 20, 2018.
Does your baby own this teether? Well, it’s recently been recalled as a potential choking hazard.
Around 600,000 “Lovey’s,” a pacifier and teether duo created by the popular retailer Dr. Brown, were recalled in the United States and Canada. The baby toy features a giraffe or zebra, with an attached pacifier, making it a two-in-one that many moms would purchase for their babies. However, each toy has a snap that can potentially “detach from the pacifier’s ribbon, posing a choking hazard for young children.”
There have been 67 separate cases in the US and Canada, where it was reported that the pacifier did indeed detach from the giraffe or zebra. However, in all of those cases, no injuries were reported.
Even though no babies or children have been injured, parents have still been encouraged to return the product if it appears to be defective. The specific lots of toys in question are within these codes:
RICH0615, RICH0715, RICH0815, RICH1215, RICH0516, RICH0616, RICH0716; RICH1116, RICH1016, RICH0916, RICH1216, RICH0317, RICH0417, RICH0517, RICH0617, RICH0717, RICH0817, RICH0917.
If your child’s toy falls within one of these lots, you can choose to return the product directly through Dr. Brown’s distributor. In doing this, they will allow you to select a replacement product that is either the same in price or lesser in value.
Product recalls in the baby industry are not uncommon, though. In fact, it happens more often than we think. Every year, roughly 100 different products are taken off the shelves or recalled altogether for defects or other reasons. Do all of the products actually get returned to the manufacturer? No. So, as parents, we need to keep our eyes open and be aware of the potential hazards that can be present within our baby’s reach.
Dr. Brown did post on their social media accounts that they are recalling the products with the intention of being committed to making things right and safe for our children.