Yet Another Choking Hazard from Shoes

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Didn’t you hear? Some shoes actually pose a choking hazard for kids. Shoes. (We’ve reported on this phenomenon before). Well there’s a new batch of footware that’s threatening the safety of big-mouthed kids far and wide (actually the concern is that kids might choke on small pieces that can detach from the sole).

About 2,000 pairs of Clarks children’s shoes are being pulled from the U.S. market after reports in the United Kingdom that rubber pieces have detached from the soles of the shoes and children put the pieces in their mouths. No choking incidents have been reported, however.

The recall includes Clarks “crawlers” in infant sizes 2 to 3 1/2 and “hazy daze” style shoes in sizes 4 to 6 1/2. “Clarks” is printed on the bottom of the shoe and the words “Clarks First Shoes” are printed on a multi-colored label inside the shoe’s heel area.

The shoes, distributed by C & J Clark America, were sold at Clarks retail stores nationwide from February 2009 through July 2009 for between $35 and $40.

Consumers are urged to take the shoes away from children immediately and return them to their nearest Clarks store for a full refund. Customers can also contact C & J Clark America at (800) 425-2757 or visit the firm’s Web site at ClarksKidsUSA.com.

 

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