January 23, 2014 / 10:37 PM / 5 years ago

UPDATE 1-Playtex recalls over 1 mln pacifier clips, cites choking hazard

(Adds comment from Playtex)

By Marina Lopes

NEW YORK, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Baby products manufacturer Playtex, a unit of Energizer Holdings is recalling more than one million pacifier holder clips after it received reports that they develop cracks, consumer safety officials said on Thursday.

The cracks can cause small parts of the clip to break off, posing a potential choking threat to infants, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifier holders away from infants,” Playtex posted on its website.

While there have been no known injuries, the product safety commission said there had been 99 reports of cracked clips.

The clips are designed to attach pacifiers to clothing, diaper bags and strollers and retail for $3.

“We are taking this action out of an abundance of caution, because our top priority is the health and safety of the people who use our products,” said Catherine McCormack, a spokeswoman for Playtex.

The company is offering a full refund to customers. Some 1.25 million clips were sold in the United States and Canada from mid-2010 through late 2013. (Reporting by Marina Lopes; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)

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