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 require surgery to be removed from the body. The firm received one report of an 8-month-old girl from Humble, Texas who ingested a Water Balz and suffered an intestinal obstruction in August 2011. The Water Balz had to be surgically removed.
This recall involves marble-sized toys that absorb water and grow up to 400 times their original size. About 94,700 of the toys in the United States and 600 of the toys in Canada have been recalled. They were sold as Water Balz (round-shape), Growing Skulls (skull-shape), H2O Orbs "Despicable Me" (round-shape) and Fabulous Flowers (flower-shape). They were sold in packages of six in green, yellow, red, blue and black colors. "Dunecraft," the name of the toy and the model number are printed on the toy's packaging.
1. Name: Water Balz Model Number: BC-0338 Amount Recalled: 81,000
2. Name: Growing Skulls Model Number: BC-0320 Amount Recalled: 11,850
3. Name: H2O Orbs "Despicable Me" Model Number: DM-0447 Amount Recalled: 1,800
4. Name: Fabulous Flowers Model Number: BC-0440 Amount Recalled: 36
Water Balz and Growing Skulls were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Five Below, Hobby Lobby, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Microcenter, Urban Outfitters Direct, Wegmans and other stores nationwide, and online at amazon.com, incrediblescience.com, keyporthobbies.com, americantoystores.com and other websites from September 2010 through November 2012 for about $3 per package. The H2O Orbs "Despicable Me" were sold exclusively at Universal Studios stores during June 2012 for about $3 per package. Fabulous Flowers were sold exclusively at Milaeger's in Racine, Wis. from June 2012 through November 2012 for about $3 per package.
What To Do:
Immediately take this recalled toy away from children and contact Dunecraft for a free replacement toy. Contact Dunecraft Inc. at (800) 306-4168 or online at www.dunecraft.com and click on the recall tab for more information.