I’ve been waiting for a recall announcement to come out on the Big Hugs Elmo doll. I kept expecting it to come out any moment now, but have been disappointed by Hasbro’s refusal to issue a recall. Why?
Well, it turns out that there’s more to the furry little monster than spindly arms and complaints of being hugged too tight. There have been reports of batteries melting in the little guy. As soon as I heard about it on Facebook (it happened legit to a friend of a friend, not an “I’m hearing this thing that happened to a friend of a friend’s mom’s aunt’s cousin’s wife’s sister-in-law’s niece” thing), I pulled the batteries out of mine and called Wal-Mart. Yes, we could return it, no problem… and they’d already had two returned that day for the same reason in the Prince George store. [Read more…]