A children’s toy is being recalled after a series of serious incidents involving infants.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (USCPSC) issued the recall for the Chuckle & Roar Ultimate Water Beads Activity Kits.
If a water bead is ingested, it expands and can pose ingestion, choking and intestinal obstruction hazards inside a child’s body, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and a risk of death to a child, according to the USCPSC.
The recall comes after an infant in Wisconsin died after swallowing a bead in July and a 9-month-old from Maine was seriously injured in November from swallowing the water beads which caused an intestinal obstruction requiring surgery to remove them.
The USCPSC says the recall involves the Chuckle & Roar Ultimate Water Beads Activity Kit. On the front of the purple container, the label states Ultimate Water Beads Activity Kit. It includes: 2 ounces of “jumbo” water beads and 6 ounces of “regular” water beads. Along with a clear container and lid, there are five small toy fish, a scissor scoop, tweezers, a scoop with a handle, 10 activity cards and instructions. The activity kit was sold in a purple box with UPC Number 079346627035 on the back.
The recalled Chuckle & Roar Ultimate Water Beads Activity Kits, made by Buffalo Games, were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from March 2022 through November 2022 for about $15.
The USCPSC says consumers should immediately stop using and take away the recalled water beads from children. Contact Buffalo Games for a full refund and instructions on how to return the product in a prepaid mailing package supplied by the firm or return the product to any Target store.
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