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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

IKEA Recalls 72,000 Toys That 'May Be Dangerous'

Swedish retailer IKEA on Thursday called for consumers to return 72,000 stuffed animals purchased at its Moscow area stores, saying the toys are dangerous to children.

No accidents have happened yet, IKEA spokeswoman Irina Vanenkova said, but worldwide production and sales of the toy, called Snuttig, have been stopped.

IKEA recalled the toy -- which is designed for toddlers older than 1-year-old and fits in an adult's palm -- after a consumer outside Russia complained that its seams had come apart and the little balls with which the toy is stuffed popped out.

"Nothing will happen if a kid swallows a ball, but it could be dangerous if they stick it up their nose," Vanenkova said.

The chances of a toy's seam coming apart is 2 percent, she said, which would mean that statistically 1,400 of the stuffed animals sold in Russia are dangerous.

Anton Sitnikov, a legal expert at Pepeliaev, Goltsblat & Partners, said no company in Russia has ever recalled a product due to a technical flaw.

"According to Russian legislation, we don't have to do it, but we want parents to know about the danger," Vanenkova said.

IKEA is to publish warnings in the Monday editions of the widely circulated Moskovsky Komsomolets and Komsomolskaya Pravda dailies.

This is the second time IKEA has recalled a product.

In 1997, before IKEA opened in Russia, the company recalled a range of toys after a child swallowed a plastic eye. Since then, all IKEA toys have had embroidered eyes.