Wal-Mart Stores Inc. issued an immediate recall of the My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Dolls sold exclusively at its store since August 2012. The dolls were pulled from the retailer’s shelves because the circuit board in the chest cavity can overheat, posing a burn hazard to the consumer, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Wal-Mart has received 18 reports of incidents including two reports of burns or blisters to the thumb. There are an estimated 174,000 units in circulation.Consumers are asked to discontinue use immediately and return the product to Wal-Mart for a full $20 refund. This recall renders it illegal to resale the dolls.
The 16-inch is packaged with a toy medical check-up kit including a stethoscope, feeding spoon, thermometer and syringe. The doll is identified with UPC 6-04576-16800-5 and a date that begins with WM. That code is on the label sewn into the bottom of the doll.The toys were manufactured in China by Tak Ngai Electronic Toys Co.
“There is nothing more important than the safety of our customers. As soon as we were made aware of the possible circuit malfunction of this doll, we looked into the issue. So far we’ve received two complaints of minor injuries and fortunately neither required medical attention. We’ve removed the product from our shelves and encourage any customer who may have purchased this doll to return it to their nearest Walmart for a full refund,” said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee.