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Stride Rite recalls 7,500 girl's sandals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 7,500 Stride Rite girl's sandals were recalled Thursday because a decoration on the sandals could come off and possibly cause a child to choke.

The "Joanna" girl's sandals were manufactured in China by Lexington, Mass.-based Stride Rite Children's Group LLC, according to a recall notice posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.

The shoes were sold in white with a silver-colored metal flower and brown with a copper-colored metal flower in girl's sizes 8.5 through 10. The name "Joanna," the style number CG40723, for white shoes, or CG40725, for brown shoes, and the size are printed on the underside of the front shoe strap.

The shoes were sold nationwide between December 2011 and May 2013 at Stride Rite stores and department stores and at striderite.com and various online retailers for between $30 and $42.

The CPSC said the metal flower on the shoe can detach and pose a choking risk. The company has so far received six reports of the flowers detaching and 11 reports of flowers loosening. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should take the recalled shoes away from children and contact Stride Rite to receive a prepaid envelope to return the shoes in. Once the shoes are returned, customers will receive a voucher for the purchase price for the shoes redeemable at Stride Rite stores or its website.

Stride Rite may be contacted online or by calling 800-365-4933 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Customers can also e-mail JoannaReturns@striderite.com.