Monster Science Colossal Water Balls and Super Star Science Colossal Water Balls by Be Amazing! Toys

Starting date:
July 31, 2013
Posting date:
July 31, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Children's Products, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-34791

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Be Amazing! Toys.

Affected products

Monster Science Colossal Water Balls and Super Star Science Colossal Water Balls (Water-absorbing Polymer Balls) by Be Amazing! Toys

Product description

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.

Hazard identified

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.

Number sold

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.

Companies

Manufacturer
Be Amazing! Toys
Salt Lake City
Utah
UNITED STATES

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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.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.