July 15, 1991


Release # 91-094


WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Luv n' Care Ltd. of Monroe, LA, is voluntarily recalling 620,512 pacifiers because they failed to meet CPSC's mandatory safety requirements for pacifiers. These failures included nipples coming off when tested by CPSC, and the lack of the required warning statement, "Warning-Do Not Tie Pacifier Around Child's Neck as it Presents a Strangulation Danger" on the packaging's main panel.

Pacifiers affected by this recall include model numbers: G24, P8, P24, P20, P20/2, P21, P22, P25, P26, P27, P42, P43, P45, P46, P47, and P52. On the outside surface of the pacifier shields are the words "Luv n' Care." Balloons, animal characters, or trains may also be printed on the pacifier shields. These pacifiers have a small unmoveable loop on the end instead of a handle. Some models come with a hard plastic protective cover.

Pacifiers with a large moveable loop handle are not being recalled except for the P8 pacifier which has a round white shield that has no printed decorations on it.

These pacifiers were sold nationwide from January 1990 to April 1991 and sold for between $.79 and $2.00 each. They were sold in retail chains, discount stores, catalog outlets, and toy stores where infant items were sold, including Eckerd Drugs, J.C. Penney and K-mart stores.

The pacifiers were made and distributed by Luv n' Care. Consumers are urged to take the pacifiers away from babies and young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact the Consumer Relations Department, Luv n' Care at (318) 388-4916.

CPSC learned about these potentially hazardous pacifiers through consumer complaints received by the agency.

The CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 different types of consumer products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction. Each year these products are involved in an estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths.