Toy maker Tomy Co. said Wednesday it will recall about 626,000 Pokemon stuffed toys because they might contain needles.
Subject to the recalls are 41 kinds of Pokemon stuffed toys that have been sold since April 2003, Tomy said.
Tomy said it received information on July 20 from a customer saying a needle had been found in a stuffed toy.
Tomy then inspected about 120,000 toys that had not been shipped, and found fragments of sewing needles in 12.
No injury reports have been received so far, it said.
The toys were made at a Chinese factory through a Yokohama-based stuffed toy maker on consignment.
Tomy will take measures such as conducting stricter inspections before shipments to prevent another such incident, it said.
Tomy will recall the products and return them to customers after checking that they do not contain needles, it said.