Retailer Build-A-Bear, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has recalled a stuffed toy linked to a movie tie-in because the eyes on the product pose a choking hazard to young children. The item is being recalled voluntarily in the U.S. and Canada because the plastic eyes on the stuffed toy version of the movie character Sulley, from Monsters Inc. and Monsters University, can easily detach from the product and become a choking hazard.
In announcing the recall, the CPSC repeated a common refrain when it comes to children's products. "Consumers should immediately take the recalled Sulley from children and return it to any Build-A-Bear Workshop store to receive a coupon for any stuffed animal from Build-A-Bear Workshop," the government agency said in a release. "It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product."
The stuffed toys in question were imported from China directly by Build-A-Bear and sold in the retailer's stores and online during June 2013. While there have been no reported injuries prior to the recall, the company sold about 25,000 units of the product in the U.S. and about 1,100 in Canada.