Child Safety

Dr. Brown’s Lovey Pacifier & Teether Holders Recall – Choking Hazard

Handi-Craft has announced a recall covering several lot codes of its Dr. Brown’s Lovey Pacifier & Teether Holder items. It seems, say child safety advocates, that with use, the ribbons that hold the pacifiers or teether toys can wear to the point that the snaps can detach, posing a choking hazard.

Health Canada says it is aware of 2 such reports; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, has logged 67.

There have been no reports of any child actually choking on any detached part.

In Canada, 10,500 of the toys may have made it into consumers’ hands. They were on store shelves as recently as March 2018.

In the US, the toys were pulled from store shelves in February. Around 590,000 of the recalled toys may be in use here.

There are several lot numbers to look out for and they do not correspond to any particular design, says the company. The codes to check for are:

  • RICH0317
  • RICH0417
  • RICH0516
  • RICH0517
  • RICH0615
  • RICH0616
  • RICH0617
  • RICH0715
  • RICH0716
  • RICH0717
  • RICH0815
  • RICH0817
  • RICH0916
  • RICH0917
  • RICH1016
  • RICH1116
  • RICH1215
  • RICH1216

If you suspect you have a recalled toy, you can confirm your suspicions by checking your code against the ones listed at the Dr. Brown’s Baby website.

Lot codes for recalled pacifier holders are located on Lovey tag.

Image of Lovey toy label with lot code example courtesy Dr. Brown’s.

The company stresses that only the plush toys–and not the pacifiers that came with them–are being recalled. But if you do find a recalled toy, you’re urged to contact Dr. Brown’s for a replacement. The telephone number is 1-833-224-7674.

It is illegal in the US and Canada to knowingly resell, or even donate, a recalled consumer product.