February 20, 2002
Unilever Home and Personal Care USA Has Recalled Plush Snuggle® Bears
Greenwich, CT (SafetyAlerts)
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and Unilever Home and
Personal Care USA, of Greenwich, CT
have recalled about
4 million plush Snuggle® bears. The eyes and noses of these bears can come
off, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Unilever Home and Personal Care USA has received 32 reports of the eyes and
noses coming off of these bears. In three of these reports, children placed
detached eyes from these bears in their mouths. No injuries were reported.
The plush, cream-colored bears come in three sizes: a 5-inch bean bear, an
8-inch bean bear and a 10-inch stuffed bear. The 5-inch bears come in four
styles: Pajama Bear wears blue, one-piece pajamas with a yellow moon and
star design; Nightcap Bear wears a blue nightcap with a yellow moon and star
design; Purple Blanket Bear holds a purple blanket; Pink Blanket Bear holds
a pink blanket. The 8-inch bean bear is made of terry or plush fabric. The
10-inch plain stuffed bear is in a sitting position and has tan paws and
ears. All the bears have tags that read "Snuggle®" and "Made in China."
Grocery and discount department stores nationwide sold the Snuggle fabric
softener that included the 5-inch and 8-inch bears between May 1999 and July
2001. The Pajama and Nightcap 5-inch bears also were given away to consumers
who sent in two proofs of purchase for Snuggle fabric softener between
November 2001 and December 2001. The 10-inch bears were distributed from May
1997 through May 1998 to consumers who sent in a proof of purchase for
Snuggle fabric softener and up to $4.
Consumers should take these bears away from young children immediately and
contact Unilever Home and Personal Care USA for information on how to
receive a coupon for free Snuggle fabric softener. Contact Snuggle at (800)
896-9479 anytime, or visit its web site at
No other Snuggle Bears are involved in this recall.
Unilever Home and Personal Care USA recalled the Nightcap Bears in May 2001
because the yellow pom-pom on the nightcap can detach, posing a choking
hazard to young children. Consumers were asked to remove the pom-pom to
eliminate the choking hazard.