Plastic Balloons

Starting date:
April 24, 2013
Posting date:
April 24, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Children's Products, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Plastic Balloons

Product description

These toys consist of a solvent mixture in a tube and one or more short plastic straws for blowing. Children can form balloons or bubbles by dipping the short straw into the solvent and blowing through the straw. The product is sold in both a single pack, with one tube of solvent, and as a six pack with six tubes of solvent.

Hazard identified

Children's balloon blowing kits have been prohibited in Canada since 1973.

The safety concern is that blowing the balloons exposes a child to inhaling the vapours of any solvents present. Children can be fascinated with these products, and if they blow balloons for extended periods they may experience early symptoms of central nervous system depression or dysfunction, including euphoria, hallucinations, dizziness, and difficulties with coordination of voluntary movements. Prolonged exposure can lead to more serious symptoms including muscular twitching, unconsciousness, and coma.

Neither Health Canada nor Dollar Tree nor Dollar Giant has received reports of illness or injury related to the use of these particular balloon blowing kits.

Number sold

Approximately 6,806 of the balloon blowing kits have been sold at Dollar Tree and Dollar Giant retail stores in Canada.

Time period sold

The balloon blowing kits were sold from February 2012 to February 2013.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Guangzou Shin Dorn Plastic Toy Co., Ltd.
Dollar Tree
British Columbia
Dollar Giant
British Columbia

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately take these balloon blowing kits away from children. They should be safely disposed of in regular household trash in such a way that they cannot be reused.

For more information

For more information, consumers may visit the following links at Health Canada's website: