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Strangulation Hazard Prompts CPSC Recall of Pottery Barn Kids Dolls

Pottery Barn Kids, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comission (CPSC) is voluntarily recalling an estimated 81,000 Chloe, Audey and Sophi soft dolls in the U.S. and 1,300 in Canada due to a potential strangulation hazard caused by the dolls’ hair, which can have loops in it, large enough to fit around a child’s head and neck. Although there have not been any reported injuries as of yet, there have been five reports of looped hair and the doll’s hair was found around the neck of a 21-month old child.

The recalled toys are part of the Pottery Barn Kids’ Girl Doll Collection and include soft dolls with the names Sophie, Chloe, and Audrey. They each come with different colored hair, made out of yarn, and are approximately 17 inches tall. The Audrey doll has black hair, the Chloe doll has dark brown hair, and the Sophie doll has blonde hair. Tags with the dolls’ names on them may be found sewn into the doll’s bottom.

The dolls were sold nationwide and in Canada for approximately $40 from July 2006 to April 2011. They were distributed exclusively through Pottery Barn Kids stores, Pottery Barn Kids catalogs and online at Parents should take the dolls away from their children immediately and may eliminate the hazard by cutting the hair loops and removing the headband from the Audrey doll. Consumers may also contact Pottery Barn Kids for return instructions.

If your child has been injured by a defectively manufactured or designed toy or other child product in Maryland, you and your child may be entitled to compensation any losses or damages resulting from the defective product. Contact the experienced child toy recall attorney in Baltimore, Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer,” at (877) 228-4878 for a consultation.