Popular Dr. Brown’s Teether Deemed Choking Hazard
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.
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For more than 20 years, Dr. Brown’s has developed products that promote good health for baby – and we take that job very seriously. ⠀ ⠀ That’s why we’re voluntarily recalling all Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier & teether holders sold between August 2015 and March 2018. The ribbons that attach the plush toy to the teether or pacifier can fray and/or unravel after repeated use and create a potential choking hazard. The pacifiers included with the holder are not subject to this recall. ⠀ ⠀ We are committed to making this right, and encourage all consumers affected by the recall to first visit our website (click link in bio) for more details and to determine if their product is included in the recall.⠀ ⠀ https://www.drbrownsbaby.com/recall-lovey/ ⠀ ⠀ https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/handi-craft-recalls-dr-browns-lovey-pacifier-teether-holders-due-to-choking-hazard⠀ ⠀ www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-ra…/…/66172r-eng.php⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Then, if affected, call us at 1-833-224-7674 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. We’ll send a replacement Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier & teether holder, or, if preferred, a select Dr. Brown’s product of equal or lesser value. ⠀ ⠀ We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. ⠀