Child Choking Hazard | Product Recall | Two Popular Halloween Costumes

Posted on Mar 14, 2011

WASHINGTON STATE, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.  It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Choking hazards with children can be serious - and usually, costumes can present hazards beyond choking.  I have presented issues with Halloween in my book, Justice for the Injured Child.  In the book, I briefly analyze Halloween night in general and make my case that Halloween night is the most dangerous night of the year for children!  In regards to Halloween costumes, I always recommend kids stay away from masks as they block their view when crossing the street at night for cars and headlights...I recommend instead that kids paint their faces in lieu of wearing a mask. In regards to choking hazards, the following two Halloween costumes have been recalled for the risk of choking: 

Name of product: Little Pet Vet costumes and Dr. Littles costumes

Units: About 1,800

Importer: Fun World, Inc. a Division of Easter Unlimited, Inc. of Carle Place, N.Y.

Hazard: The costumes are sold with a toy stethoscope accessory. The plastic ear pieces at the end of the stethoscope can be pulled off, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None Reported

Description: This recall is limited to the stethoscope accessory from Fun World's toddler-sized Pet Vet and Dr. Littles costumes. The costumes include a white lab coat, a cap, scrub pants, a scrub shirt and a stethoscope. The cap and scrubs are pink, turquoise or blue. A tracking label bearing the code 10060GFI01 and a production date of either Jan-Mar 2010 or Apr-Jun 2010 is sewn into the neck of the scrub shirt or the lab coat.

Sold at: Novelty stores, costume and party supply stores nationwide from August 2010 through October 2010 for about $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately take the stethoscope away from children and contact Fun World for instructions on returning the stethoscope for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Fun World at (800) 247-5314 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or by email to [email protected].

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.  Please tell us about it by visiting

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 247-5314

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


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