Fred & Friends, a New York based housewares company, is recalling 200,000 pacifiers because they present a risk of choking. There are three different pacifiers involved in the recall: the Chill Baby Artiste Pacifier, the Chill Baby Volume Control Pacifier, and the Chill Baby Panic Button Pacifier.
One of the recalled pacifiers has an attached plastic mustache and beard, which can break off. Another pacifier has a volume knob that can detach, and its ventilation holes are smaller than required by federal regulations. The third pacifier also has ventilation holes which are too small.
The pacifiers were sold in department stores, toy stores, museum gift shops and hospital gift shops in 2013. Of the pacifiers being recalled, 183,000 are being recalled in the U.S., and 17,000 are being recalled in Canada. Customers who purchased the pacifiers can receive a refund by calling the company or by visiting its website.
Fortunately, no one has been hurt by the defective pacifiers. There has been one report of the knob on the volume pacifier coming off. The company also recalled over 56,000 baby rattles which posed a choking risk to young children.
This recall occurred before anyone was hurt. Often, however, recalls occur only in response to injuries being reported, or because federal authorities forced the company to issue the recall. Consumers who are hurt by defective products can hold the manufacturer or the retailer responsible for their injuries. They may choose to file a lawsuit against the company, which can result in an award of damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, time missed from work, and other amounts.
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