We have all experienced a practical joke that has gone too far. Joke pacifiers which can cause the death of a baby can now be added to that category.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and several toy distributions are recalling about 237,000 flashing pacifiers. The pacifiers failed to meet federal safety standards.
The nipple can separate from the shield easily, posing a choking hazard. Some pacifiers were sold with necklaces that pose a strangulation hazard, and one of the necklaces has beads that can come loose, which poses an aspiration hazard.
Though they are marketed for older children, they could be given to babies, and can cause serious injury or death.
The units involved are flashing pacifiers and flashing pacifiers with whistles. The pacifiers are clear or colored purple, blue, pink or green. The pacifiers have five flashing LED lights that are red and blue, red and light green and orange.
Some pacifiers are sold with a rainbow cord that is attached to handles, and some cords have breakaway connectors. One pacifier has multi-colored beads on the cords in the shapes of barrels, trains, boats and various animals.
Pacifiers were sold in clamshell packages. The packaging has a warning that states they are for “12+ Years” or “6+ Years.”
Some of the products have a warning on the packaging that they are not a real pacifier, but a practical joke.