Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a joint recall notice on 31 July 2013 for two items from Be Amazing! Toys.
This notice is for information only. Scalliwag Toys has neither stocked nor sold these two items.
Monster Science Colossal Water Balls and Super Star Science Colossal Water Balls (Water-absorbing Polymer Balls) by Be Amazing! Toys
This recall involves marble-sized toys that absorb water and grow up to 400 times their original size. They were sold as Monster Science Colossal Water Balls (model #7255) and Super Star Science! Colossal Water Balls (model #7704). Monster Science packages contain eight balls and “Growth Powder”. Super Star Science! Packages contain five balls. The balls were sold in assorted colours: blue, green, orange, purple, red, yellow or clear. The “Be Amazing! Toys” star logo is printed on the front of each product’s packaging. The model numbers are printed on the back of the packaging.
When the marble-sized toy is ingested, it expands inside the body and causes a blockage in the small intestine, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening. The toys do not show up on an X-ray and may require surgery to be removed from the body.
The soft and colorful product can be easily mistaken by a child for candy. The Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States is aware of one incident with a similar water-absorbing polymer ball product in which an 8-month-old ingested a polymer ball and it had to be surgically removed.
Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.
For some tips to help consumers choose safe toys and to help them keep children safe when they play with toys, see General toy safety tips.
Approximately 1,200 units of the recalled products have been sold in Canada and about 14,200 have been sold in the United States at various retailers and websites.
Time period sold
The recalled products were sold from September 2010 to November 2012. (Canadian distributor may have been distributing up to the present)
Place of origin
Manufactured in China.
- Be Amazing! Toys
Salt Lake City
What you should do
Consumers should take this recalled product away from children immediately and contact Be Amazing! Toys for a refund.
Consumers may contact Be Amazing! Toys toll-free at 1-877-798-9795 or direct 1-301-895-4531, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the company online at www.beamazingtoys.com, and then click on “Safety Recall” at the bottom of the page for more information.
Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website.
Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.