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The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Buster Brown & Co.’s clog children’s shoes

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About 1.4 million Buster Brown & Co.’s clog children’s shoes are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 73,000 pairs of shoes were previously recalled in April 2009.

Manufactured in China and distributed by Brown Shoe Co. Inc., of St. Louis, Mo., and its affiliate Pagoda International Footwear Ltd., of Hong Kong, the shoes have decorative wheels that can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children, according to the commission.

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The companies have received two reports of a decorative wheel detaching from the shoe. No injuries have been reported.

These shoes are a plastic molded EVA “water” clog and are designed to resemble a car. The shoes are red, brown, blue, yellow, and pink and most shoes bear the words “CARS,” “Transformers Animated,” or “Barbie.”

“Buster Brown & Co.™” is printed on the shoe inside at the heel, on a sewn-in tag inside the fleece-lined shoe, and on the original hang tag. The model or retail number can also be found on these tags.

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The shoes were sold in children sizes five to 13 and youth sizes one to three.

Click here to read the retail numbers.

The shoes were sold at major retailers nationwide, including Bealls’, Famous Footwear, J.C. Penney, Meijer, Rack Room, Sears, Shoe Show, Target, and Wal-Mart from August 2007 through June 2009 for $10 to $25.

Customers should immediately take this product away from children and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund, the commission advises.

For additional information, contact Buster Brown & Co. toll-free at 888-869-1044 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, visit the firm’s website at www.busterbrownshoes.com, or send an e-mail to Busterandtige@brownshoe.com.

Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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