More Pacifiers Added to Recall List

November 20, 2009 — By

Recalled Bobby Chupete Pacifiers

Sixth Pacifier Failed to Meet Federal Safety Standards This Year

Today, the CPSC announced a recall of “Bobby Chupete” pacifiers because of a potential choking hazard.  According to the CPSC, over 600,000 of these pacifiers were imported by Grand World Inc.  Although no connection is mentioned in the recall announcement, very similar pacifiers sold under the name, “My Baby Soother,”  were recalled last month, also due to a choking hazard.   The My Baby Soother version was distributed by T & L Trading.

In the My Baby Soother recall, the CPSC stated that “T & L Trading has refused to recall these pacifiers,” and therefore issued the warning itself, urging distributors and retailers who purchased the “My Baby Soother” pacifiers from T & L Trading to call the agency.   There were 16,500 pacifiers included in the T & L trading recall.

As we try to piece this together, several questions come to mind:

  • Who manufactured the pacifiers? Is it the same entity in both recalls?
  • Was T & L Trading also an importer, or did it purchase pacifiers from Grand World Inc.?
  • Are there more distributors, more importers?
  • How many units did the manufacturer(s) make?

The CPSC is surely investigating this matter, and we will keep you posted as we learn more.

In addition to these two recalls, consumers should review the photos of other recent pacifier recalls.  There have been four other pacifier recalls in 2009 alone.  In January, 38,000 flashing pacifiers were recalled.  Although marketed as a toy for older children, if mistakenly given to an infant or toddler, the pacifier could cause serious injury or death.   In April, about 40,000 pacifiers imported by Healthtex were recalled.  These Zoo pacifiers have animal cartoon figures as handles.  In July, about 700 Jaloma pacifiers were sold in the New York and New Jersey area and were recalled because they have a mouth guard and ventilation holes that are too small.

One pacifier recalled in March under the Baby Necessities brand involved about 2,900 pacifiers.  Subsequently, the Los Angeles importer, OKK Trading, agreed to pay $665,000 in a provisional penalty settlement that resolved previous import and export violations, many of which resulted in recalls, but does not appear to cover this most recent pacifier recall.  In the settlement, the CPSC alleged that OKK Trading knowingly imported and sold pacifiers, which violated the prohibition on small parts and and various other children’s toys, rattles and games that were in violation of numerous federal standards including lead paint limits.

Check to make sure pacifiers you own have not been recalled at WeMakeItSafer.com. Then, sign up for WeMakeItSafer’s e-newsletter by sending an email to InformMe@WeMakeItSafer.com. Twice a month, you will receive images of recent recalls in your inbox.   A quick glance will ensure you remain aware and your family stays safe.


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