‘Monsters, Inc.’ stuffed animal is potential choking hazard

Of all the products found around the house that can be dangerous, some of the most noteworthy among these are toys. Children’s toys that appear to be innocuous enough to let kids play with them by themselves can sometimes be the most hazardous, leading to the most consternation from parents once they find out — sometimes when the toy is recalled.

One such defective product is a stuffed animal sold by the popular Build-A-Bear Workshop. The stuffed animal in question is Sulley, a character from the popular “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters University” movies. Sulley is a main character in each of the movies — a big blue monster whose visage lends itself well to stuffed animal form.

According to a voluntary recall by Build-A-Bear, the toy’s eyes are susceptible to detachment, which could then be a choking hazard to young kids who put the small plastic pieces into their mouths. People whose kids have these toys are being urged to take the them back to the store where they will receive a coupon for a replacement stuffed animal instead.

Toy companies have a strong responsibility to make sure their products are safe. Fortunately, there haven’t been any injuries reported from this product, but the risk was deemed great enough to issue the recall anyway. When consumers have been harmed by defective products, they are entitled to seek compensation for the responsible company for damages. An experienced products liability attorney in Los Angeles can be a valuable resource for people who find themselves facing these circumstances.

Source: Clarksville Online, “Build-A-Bear Recalls Stuffed Animal Toy Due to Choking Hazard,” Sept. 3, 2013