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Toy Bears, Girl's Shoes, Bicycles Recalled

Mar 18, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP State Farm® Good Neigh Bears ®, girl's shoes sold by  Nordstrom, and Cannondale Road Bicycles are the latest product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

State Farm® Good Neigh Bears®:
The CPSC, with Health Canada (HC), announced that State Farm® of Bloomington, Illinois recalled about 800,000 Good Neigh Bears® in the United States and 27,000 in Canada for presenting a choking hazard to young children because the eyes on these bears can come off.  

State Farm received one report of the plastic eye of a bear coming off and a child placing it in her mouth. This recall involves the 11-inch (28 cm) and 18-inch (46 cm) State Farm Good Neigh Bears with plastic eyes. The bears are brown and wear a white and red State Farm shirt and were given away free through State Farm agents and at State Farm-sponsored events from September 2005 through March 2007.  The recalled State Farm® Good Neigh Bears® were made in China.  

The CPSC and HC are advising consumers to immediately take the recalled State Farm® Good Neigh Bears® away from young children and discard them.  State Farm can be reached toll-free at 1-877-226-8079 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Central Time or at its Website at or

Nordstrom Girl’s Shoes:

About 31,000 Nordstrom Girl’s Shoes, which were imported by Nordstrom, of Seattle, Washington have been recalled because surface paint on the outer sole of these shoes contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.  The recall includes six styles of Nordstrom-brand shoes for girls:  “Clarice-Fab” flats are bone colored with a bow; “Eva-Fab” are bone colored T-strap sandals; “Fern-Fab” are ankle strap sandals sold in bone, pink, white, blue polka-dot, or pink polka-dot; “Lilly-Fab” are fuchsia gingham ballerina flats with a bow; “Rita-Fab” are ankle strap dress shoes sold in ivory linen, pink linen, white linen, cafe satin, silver satin, or white satin; and “Vivi-Fab” are open-toe dress shoes in bone, white, green polka-dot, lavender polka-dot, or yellow polka-dot.

The shoes were sold in girls’ sizes 10 through big-kids 7 and are all embossed with “NORDSTROM” on the insole; only the colors identified above are subject to the recall.  The recalled Nordstrom Girl’s Shoes were sold at Nordstrom stores nationwide from September 2006 through February 2009 for between about $35 and $45 and were made in China.  

The CPSC is advising consumers to take the recalled shoes away from children immediately and return them to any Nordstrom store for a full refund or exchange.  Nordstrom can be reached toll-free at 1-800-804-0806 between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time any day, by email at, or at its Website at

Cannondale Road Bicycles:

Cannondale has recalled about 1,300, model year 2009, Six 5, Six 6, Six Carbon 5, and Six Carbon 6 Bicycles, which were imported from Taiwan by the Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, of Bethel, Connecticut because the bicycles fail to meet the federal safety standard for bicycles. Spoke protector discs, required on bicycles to prevent the bicycle chain from interfering or suddenly stopping the wheel, are missing from these bicycles, which poses a fall hazard to the rider.

Six" is printed on the bicycle’s top tube and "Cannondale" is printed on the down tube and includes the following model/model numbers:  Six 5 Compact/ 9RCT5C, Six 5/9RCT5D, Six 5 Compact/9RCT5C, Six 6/9RCT6D, Six 6 Triple/9RCT6T, Six Carbon 5/9RSX5D, Six Carbon 5 Compact/9RSX5C, and Six Carbon 6 Compact/9RSX6C.  The recalled Cannondale bicycles were sold at authorized Cannondale dealers nationwide from October 2008 through February 2009 for between $1,500 and $2,100.  

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled bicycles immediately and contact any authorized Cannondale bicycle dealer for a free repair.  Cannondale can be reached toll-free at 1-800-245-3872 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday or at Cannondale’s Web site at

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