These pacifiers are funny – yes. Safe? No.
I hate to say it but we kind of saw this one coming. Adding pieces to a pacifier that could potentially fall off is never a good idea. And to add salt to the wound, the pacifiers’ ventilation holes are too small.
Today, Fred & Friends in cooperation with the CPSC recalled about 183,000 in the United States (and 17,000 in Canada) Fred & Friends Chill Baby Artiste, Volume and Panic pacifiers due to choking hazard.
Name of product:
Fred & Friends Chill Baby Artiste, Volume and Panic pacifiers
The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards. The beard on the Artiste and the knob on the Volume pacifiers can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. In addition, the ventilation holes on the Volume and Panic pacifier guards are too small.
About 183,000 in the United States and 17,000 in Canada
This recall involves three styles of Fred & Friends Chill Baby pacifiers, including the Artiste with a black plastic beard and mustache, Volume with a black volume control knob and Panic with a red panic button. The pacifier’s name and UPC are printed on the packaging. The Artiste’s UPC is 728987021282, the Volume style’s UPC is 728987020599 and the Panic style’s UPC is 728987020605. The pacifiers are plastic and silicone rubber and measure about 2 inches wide and 1½ inches tall.
Fred & Friends has received one report of the knob on the Volume pacifier detaching. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from young children and return them to Fred & Friends for a $12 refund. Fred & Friends is providing a postage paid envelope for consumers to return the recalled pacifiers.
Department stores, gift, drug, toy, baby product, grocery and home decorating stores, and hospital, museum gift shops nationwide and various websites from April 2013 through December 2013 for about $10.