In a press release , the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma, announced the voluntary recall of their Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls due to the potential for a strangulation hazard.
This recall affects about 81,000 dolls in the United States and roughly 1,300 in Canada. The dolls are about 17-inches high and feature hair composed of yarn. Audrey’s hair is black, Chloe’s is dark brown and Sophie has blond hair. Their names can be found sewn into a tag on their bottom and are a part of the Pottery Barn Kids’ Girl Doll Collection. They were available nationwide at Pottery Barn Kids stores and online from July 2006 to April 2011.
The hazard described in the recall announcement pertains to the dolls’ hair being long enough to fit around a child’s head and neck. The Audrey doll has a headband that, if loosened, can pose a strangulation hazard to child as well if it is loosened.
The company has received five reports of dolls with looped hair. One report involved a child that was found with a Chloe doll’s hair around their neck. The child was unharmed in the incident.
Consumers are being asked to take the dolls away from children immediately and to cut the looped hair of the Chloe and Sophie dolls to remove the hazard.
As a Columbia personal injury lawyer , I’ve seen many similar recalls in the past and their tragic effects. If your child has been injured while playing with a defective children’s item, call a personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights in the matter.