CPSC Recalls Build-A-Bear Pins
August 11, 2011
with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, St. Louis-based Build-A-Bear Workshop
has voluntarily recalled nearly 30,000 lapel pins which contain excessive
levels of lead. According to the CPSC, all of the 1.5 inch pins were
manufactured in China and sold in Build-A-Bear stores in the
U.S. and Canada, as well as online, from July 2009
through October 2010.
deemed potentially dangerous because of lead contained in surface paints,
feature graphics of a heart, bear head and peace sign positioned in front of a
globe. The words "Love.Hugs.Peace." also
appear at the bottom of the pins, which are multi-color. In total, about 26,500
recalled pins were sold in the U.S. and 2,200 in Canada.
According to a
Build-A-Bear spokesperson, initial tests showed the pins met safety standards,
but upon further review the measured amounts of lead in the items was high
enough to prompt a recall. No injuries have been reported, but officials say
the lead found on the pins can be toxic if ingested by young children.
last year, The Center for Environmental Health, a consumer watchdog group, said
it found more than 10 times the permitted amount of lead in the now-recalled
Build-A-Bear pins. In response, the company claimed the allegations were false,
citing its extensive safety processes which include third-party testing. No
action was taken at that time by the CPSC or Health Canada. Now, consumers are being asked to
stop using the lapel pins immediately and return them to any Build-A-Bear
Workshop store to receive a $5 coupon.