Pampers Natural Stages Pacifiers Recalled Over Choking Fears

pampersKey Baby LLC recalled some of its Pampers Natural Stages pacifiers because they may not meet federal safety standards and could be a choking hazard to young children, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

So far, no child has been hurt from using the pacifiers, CPSC said. Key Baby is licensed to use Procter & Gamble's Pampers brand name on its pacifiers, made in China by Tahoe Enterprises.Key Baby told consumers some of Pampers Natural Stages Infant Pacifiers didn't meet the size standards for the width of pacifier's back plate and apologized to customers.

"Key Baby is committed to the health and safety of families through a) research, b) innovation and c) sustainable business practices," the company said in a statement. "Upon notice of a potential concern with our pacifiers, we immediately requested the removal of this product from store shelves. While there have not been any issues reported with our product to date, we continue to actively work to ensure that Key Baby provide the utmost safety to all families."

Included in the recall are Pampers Natural Stages Infant Ortho and Bulb Pacifiers Stage 1. The pacifier can be yellow, pink or blue and is made of silicone. The recalled pacifiers have an oval mouth guard and the word "Pampers" molded onto the handle side of the mouth guard. The words "Stage 1" and "Ortho" or "Bulb" are printed on the 2-pacifier package. About 29,000 were sold in stores nationwide from April 2010 through February 2011 for about $6 a package.

Consumers should take the pacifiers away from babies and call Key Baby for instructions on returning them for a refund or a $10 coupon toward any Pampers Natural Stages products. Call the company at (800) 447-1224.

Last year, Pampers Dry Max disposable diapers came under federal scrutiny after parents complained their babies got rashes and burns from the diapers.
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