Recall: Sassy-branded Hug N' Tug Puppy and Monkey, and Carter's-branded Hug N' Tug Monkey Toys
On 2012-12-20, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Sassy-branded Hug N' Tug Puppy and Monkey, and Carter's-branded Hug N' Tug Monkey Toys due to a potential choking hazard. This product sold new beginning in August 2011 for about $8 to $14.
About 50,000 units are involved in this Sassy infant toy recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 3rd recall of products in the Infant, Crib & Stroller Toys category in 2012.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 40 similar recalls,
involving about 4 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 323-6336
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What is the problem?
The beads inside the clear plastic sphere at the center of the toys can be released and pose a choking hazard to young children.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recalled toys for infants can be attached to a stroller or car seat using a ring connector on the toy's head. They have arms and legs that can be easily pulled back and forth for play. The toys are approximately 12 inches tall, made of multi-colored fabrics, contain rattle beads inside a clear plastic sphere body and have the face of either a puppy or monkey. Recalled styles include: Sassy Hug N' Tug Puppy, model #80213; Sassy Hug N' Tug Monkey model #80214 and Carter's-branded Hug N' Tug Monkey, models #61083 that were sold on a blue packaging card and #61540 sold on a grey packaging card. Sassy-branded toys have "Sassy" written on the sewn-in label located on the back of the character's head. The Carter's-branded toys have "Carter's" written in red on the blue plastic ring connected to the toy's head and also the sewn-in label located on the back of the character's head.
This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1743
These items were sold new+ at Mass merchandisers such as Toys R Us and Target, independent specialty stores nationwide and online retailers such as Amazon.com and Carters.com between July 2012 and October 2012 for Sassy-branded models; and from August 2011 to October 2012 for the Carter's-branded models. Carter's-branded models were also sold in Carter's retail stores. The Sassy-branded models sold for approximately $8 and the Carter's-branded models for approximately $14.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately take the toys from children and contact Sassy for instructions on how to return the product for a free replacement toy.
Sassy at (800)323-6336 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.sassybaby.com and go to the Product Recall Information link.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received 12 reports of beads being released from the plastic clear plastic sphere body on Sassy-branded toys. There have been no such reports on the Carter's-branded toys. No injuries have been reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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