Pottery Barn Kids' Girl Dolls Pose Dangerous Strangulation Hazard

4:36 AM, Sep 9, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- They may be soft and cuddly, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says they pose a strangulation hazard.

Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma is recalling about 81,000 Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls.

Two of the dolls' hair, Chloe and Sophie, contain loops that are large enough to fit around a child's head and neck.  The Audrey doll's headband can loosen and form a loop that can also fit around a child's head and neck.   The CPSC says the loops can strangle a child. 

Pottery Barn Kids has received five reports of dolls with looped hair, one where the doll's hair was found around the neck of a 21-month old child. 

There are no reports of any child being injured in any of these incidents.

The soft dolls measure about 17 inches high and have hair of black, dark brown and yellow yarn.  They are part of the Pottery Barn Kids' Girl Doll Collection.

The $40 dolls were sold nationwide at Pottery Barn Kids stores, online at www.potterybarnkids.com and through Pottery Barn Kids catalogues from July 2006 to April 2011.

The CPSC says parents and child care providers should take the dolls away from children immediately, cut the dolls' looped hair and headband to eliminate the hazard. 

Consumers should call Pottery Barn Kids' for instructions on how to return the recalled product and to receive a merchandise credit.

The customer service representatives are available at the toll free number (885-880-4504) between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. PT seven days a week. 

Or click on the Pottery Barn Kids' link to go directly to the firm's website.





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