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Build-A-Bear Recalls Teddy Bear Swimwear Set Due to Strangulation Hazard


HARTFORD, November 17 -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Build-A-Bear Workshop®, of St. Louis, is announcing a voluntary recall of its Fruit Tutu Bikini Swimwear Set for Teddy Bears with Inflatable Inner Tube.

About 19,720 of these were sold in the United States at Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores and online at from April 2011 to August 2011 for $12.50.

The inner tube accessory can be pulled over a small child's head, posing a strangulation hazard. Build-A-Bear has received a report of an incident in which a 3-year-old girl pulled the inner tube over her head and had difficulty removing it.

The inner tube is 9 inches in diameter and pink with white and yellow flowers printed on it. The model number of the swimwear set is 017220 and is located on the price sticker on the "Build-A-Bear" cardboard tag.

Consumers should immediately stop using the inner tube and return it to any Build-A-Bear Workshop® store to receive a $5 store coupon. If it is not possible to return the inner tube to a store, consumers may contact the company at for information about how to receive a refund. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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