The ‘Phil&Teddy’ bears were given out for free to child patients in Wellington, Christchurch and Waikato hospitals between 2010 and 2015 as part of Phil&Teds’ charity sponsorship. They are wearing hospital gowns with the words “Phil&Teddy” on the front and “Phil&Teds” on the back.
The company says that following a complaint to the Commerce Commission, it tested the teddies and found “variable results” showing there was a possibility the filling material could become exposed. It says it wishes to avoid any potential risk, asking children to stop using their bear and for parents to throw it away.
Consumer magazine put the number of teddy bears recalled at 15,300, and says children could choke on the filling.