Wal-Mart Stores, Incorporated has decided to recall nearly 175,000 defective products due to a malfunction in the toy doll that can cause it to overheat and burn children.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement on Tuesday that the "My Sweet Love" and "My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll" has a defective circuit board in the chest area of the doll that can overheat when played with for long periods of time. The overheating causes the surface of the doll to get hot and can burn children who are playing with it. So far, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has received at least twelve separate complaints of incidents surrounding burns suffered as a result of the malfunction.
Consumers have been warned to stop using the dolls and immediately get them away from their children. Parents are advised to remove the batteries in the doll and return it to their closest Wal-Mart for a full refund. The statement said that receipts are not necessary for a refund because Wal-Mart is the sole provider of the doll.
The doll, manufactured by Tak Ngai Electronic Toys Company in China, was sold only at Wal-Mart for three years, from 2012 to 2014. The approximate cost of the doll was $20 in most locations.
The doll is dressed in a pink jumpsuit with green trim around the wrists and neck. It is spotted with daisy-like flowers and wears a hat that covers its ears and also dons a white and green daisy-like flower. The doll comes with a medical kit for when she "gets sick" and begins coughing. Administering certain pieces of the medical kit to her mouth and other parts of the doll's body stops her from crying and changes the color of her reddened cheeks.
The doll can be identified by UPC 6-04576-16800-5. A date code can also be found on a label that is sewn to the bottom of the doll, beginning with "WM."
Source: WTAE, "Wal-Mart recalling 174,000 dolls over burn risk" 26 March 2014