According to the agency and the shoe company, the children’s shoes, which are shaped like cars, were recalled because the wheels can detach and pose a choking risk. The recall encompassed about 1.4 million pair of shoes manufactured by Brown Shoe Co., according to the CPSC announcement.
Brown Shoe said it had received two complaints, but no reports of specific injuries and decided to recall the shoes out of concern for consumer safety.
“Brown Shoe is committed to our customers’ safety, and though the shoes met the regulatory standards in place for quality testing, once we realized that the wheel component could create a choking hazard among children, we volunteered to undertake the recall,” said Gary Rich, president of wholesale for Brown Shoe. “We have partnered with the CPSC to ensure parents have the information they need to return the shoes for a full refund.”
The shoes were made in China and sold at a number of national retailers, including Famous Footwear, JCPenney, Meijer, Sears, Target and Wal-Mart for $10 to $25. The eight styles in the recall were sold between August 2007 and June 2009.