Wal-Mart recalls 174,000 dolls due to burn hazard

Little girls who got a certain doll from Wal-Mart probably had a lot of fun helping the “sick” doll get better by taking care of her. But parents be warned: this baby doll’s “fever” may turn out to be amazingly real. So real, in fact, that the doll may actually catch fire.

Wal-Mart has issued a nationwide recall for “My Sweet Baby” electronic dolls, which are designed to mimic illness by babbling, getting reddened cheeks and coughing. Using the included “medical equipment” causes the “symptoms” to go away. But there’s a problem: the doll’s circuit board may overheat, burning little fingers and causing a possible fire hazard. Wal-Mart has received 12 reports of incidents, including two burns or blisters.

Wal-Mart has recalled about 174,000 of the Chinese-made dolls, which were sold at Wal-Marts nationwide from August 2012 through March 2014 for $20.00. If you think you have one of these, you’re advised to remove the batteries immediately and return the doll to Wal-Mart for a full refund. The dolls were sold in clear plastic and cardboard packaging which reads, “My Sweet Love” or “My Sweet Baby” on the front. The doll can be identified by UPC Code 6-04576-16800-S and a date code beginning with WM. The date code is also printed on the stuffed article label sewn into the bottom of the doll.

Now, the hard part is likely to be getting your little budding doctor to relinquish her prize.

This is just one of the recalls listed today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Items are recalled constantly, and we try to keep you apprised using this site. But it’s a good idea to keep tabs on them yourself; you can get on the CPSC’s e-mail list by going to http://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/Subscribe/. Choose the recall info that interests you, provide your email address and you’ll start getting alerts, so you can feel better about keeping your family safe.

Originally published in the Clarion-Ledger on 3/25/2014.

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