180,000 Munchkin pacifiers recalled because of choking hazard

Thousands of baby pacifiers sold online and in stores across the United States are being recalled because of a possible choking hazard.

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About 180,000 sets of Munchkin's Latch Lightweight pacifiers and clips fall under the voluntary recall. They were sold by multiple large and small retailers, including Babies R Us, Target, Walmart and Amazon.com, between March 2014 and March 2016. They cost between $11 and $15.

At least 10 customers, five in the U.S. and five in Canada, reported that the clip covers detached from the pacifier clip and created a choking hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

No injuries have been reported.

According to Munchkin, the problem stems from the epoxy coating used on the clip, which "can weaken in certain environmental conditions and detach."

On the straps of the affected pacifiers are model Nos. MKFE0391, MKFE0392 and MKFE0393.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that any customers with the affected pacifiers immediately take the clip from young children. Munchkin is offering to refund customers or replace the pacifiers with its Lightweight Pacifier pack, which comes with two pacifiers.

The company can be reached by calling 877-242-3134 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT or through its website.

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