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3.2 million Calico Critters toys recalled over choking fears and deaths of two children

Many of the products made by New Jersey-based Epoch Everlasting Play were sold online and at Walmart and Meijer.
Calico Critters' bottle and pacifier.
Calico Critters' bottle and pacifier.Consumer Product Safety Commission

More than 3.2 million Calico Critters toys are being recalled amid fears that they present a choking hazard to children, officials said Thursday.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Epoch Everlasting Play, of Pine Brook, New Jersey, jointly announced the recall.

They're calling for a return of "all Calico Critters flocked animal figures and sets that were sold with bottle and pacifier accessories," the commission said in a statement.

The company is "aware of three incidents involving the pacifier accessory, including two deaths," one of them involving a 2-year-old in 2018 in New Mexico and the other a 9-month-old who died in 2015 in Japan, the commission said.

Most of the toys were sold at Walmart and Meijer and on the company's website and Amazon.

"If you have the recalled bottle and pacifier accessories, please immediately take them away from children," the company said in a statement.