Health Canada recalls Good Neigh Bear plush toys distributed by State Farm
- March 17, 2009 11:33 AM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
Health Canada is recalling State Farm Good Neigh Bear plush teddy bears because their hard plastic eyes can easily detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
The bears are approximately 28 or 46 centimetres in height, and wear a red and white T-shirt with the State Farm logo on the front and Good Neigh Bear® logo on the back. The bears have black plastic eye attachments.
Good Neigh Bears® with embroidered eyes are not included in this recall as they do not pose this hazard.
In co-operation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, State Farm is voluntarily extending the recall to include the 46-cm Good Neigh Bear toy, as it may present the same hazard.
State Farm received one report of an incident in the United States, where a hard plastic eye came off the bear, and a child had it in their mouth; the child was not injured.
There have been no reports of injuries or incidents to Canadians related to the use of the Good Neigh Bears.
Approximately 27,000 of the recalled products were distributed free of charge by State Farm agents in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick; approximately 800,000 of the recalled products were distributed in the United States.
They were distributed from September 2005 to March 2007.
Consumers should immediately take the Good Neigh Bear® toys away from young children and dispose of them in regular household garbage.
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