November 16, 2011
Release #12-041
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 236-5683
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Heath Canada Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Name of Product: Swimwear Set With Inflatable Inner Tube

Units: About 19,720 units in the United States and 1,100 units in Canada

Importer: Build-A-Bear Workshop®, of St. Louis

Hazard: The inner tube accessory can be pulled over a small child’s head, posing a strangulation hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Build-A-Bear received one report of an incident in which a 3-year-old girl pulled the inner tube over her head and had difficulty removing it.

Description: The inner tube is part of the three-piece Fruit Tutu Bikini swimwear set for teddy bears, which includes a two-piece fruit-print bikini. The inner tube is 9 inches in diameter and pink with white and yellow flowers printed on it. The model number of the swimwear set is 017220 and is located on the price sticker on the “Build-A-Bear” cardboard tag.

Sold at: Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores nationwide and online at from April 2011 to August 2011 for $12.50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the inner tube and return it to any Build-A-Bear Workshop® store to receive a $5 store coupon. If it is not possible to return the inner tube to a store, consumers may contact the company for information about how to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Build-A-Bear Workshop® toll-free at (866) 236-5683 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Saturday, or visit the company’s website at

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at

Picture of recalled swimwear

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