WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Fred & Friends of Cumberland, R.I., is recalling 200,000 novelty infant pacifiers due to a choking hazard, U.S. regulators said Thursday.
The pacifiers -- including the Artiste, which has a black plastic beard and mustache; the Volume, which sports a volume knob; and Panic, which features a panic button -- fail to meet federal guidelines for safety.
The beard on the Artiste and the volume knob on the Volume model can detach, posing a choking hazard. The ventilation holes in the Volume and Panic models are too small for federal safety standards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The commission advised consumers to take the pacifiers away from infants and return them to Fred & Friends for a $12 refund.
The company is supplying a postage paid envelope for consumers to use in returning the product.
The pacifiers were sold for about $10 from April 2013 through December 2013.
Consumers can call 855-346-6372 for more information.