Pottery Barn has issued a safety recall for tens of thousands of dolls that present a strangulation hazard for young children. According to a recent release by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pottery Barn has recalled a total of 81,000 dolls in the United States because they have loops that can fit around a child’s neck posing a strangulation hazard. The soft dolls are sold under the following names: Chloe, Sophie, and Audrey. They were sold at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide for $40 between July 2006 and April 2011. There are no reported injuries, but a 21-month old child was found with the loop of yarn around her neck.
There are a number of ways that a product may cause harm. Children are particularly vulnerable to dangerous and defective products. Small parts in toys pose a choking hazard. Items with large strings or ropes, such as blinds or shades, can cause a strangulation injury. Toys that break can cause laceration injuries or even fingertip amputations.
Manufacturers who make such dangerous or defective products, or fail to properly warn consumers about the dangers posed by these products, can be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages they cause. A product liability claim is a civil lawsuit that allows a consumer to hold a negligent product manufacturer financially accountable for losses such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.