State Farm Recalls Promotional Teddy Bears Made in China

March 18, 2009

U.S. insurer State Farm said on Tuesday that more than 800,000 teddy bears given out in North America as part of a company promotion were being recalled because of a choking hazard.

The toys, called the “State Farm Good Neigh Bear”, sporting a t-shirt emblazoned with the company’s logo, were given out by agents of the insurer between 2005 and 2007, the company said in a statement.

State Farm said it was cooperating with the recall of the plush toys, issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, while Health Canada issued a recall for about 27,000 of the bears.

A company spokesman was not available to comment beyond the statement. The toys were made in China.

The teddy bears were deemed hazardous after State Farm received a report of a plastic eye coming off a bear and a child placing it in her mouth. No injuries have been reported, State Farm said.

State Farm, a mutual insurer that used the marketing slogan “Like a good neighbor State Farm is there”, is a Fortune 500 company that sells auto, fire, life and health insurance to 78 million policyholders in the United States and Canada.

(Reporting by Lilla Zuill; Editing by Toin Reinhold)

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