This Thursday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced together with the manufacturer Buffalo Games LLC the voluntary recall of approximately 52,000 Chuckle & Roar Ultimate Water Beads Activity Kitsdue to the risk of ingestion, suffocation and obstruction.
According to the statement, Buffalo Games, headquartered in New York, reported that in November of last year an intestinal obstruction was reported in Maine in a nine-year-old child after the infant ingested “the water pearls,” also this year. In Wisconsin, a 10-month-old baby died after also ingesting this material.
The CPSC in its report detailed that “water beads” or “water drops” are initially designed for the amusement of children, The material allows them to expand once they come into contact with water.; However, the risk is that they are not edible, therefore, when ingested they cause serious problems of intestinal obstruction, suffocation, among others that can endanger the lives of infants.
In this sense, the agency warned: “Consumers should stop using them immediately and take the recalled water beads from children,” it said, adding that You can contact the manufacturer to return the product.
Likewise, William Wallace, associate director of safety policy at Consumer Reports, questioned “Why didn’t Buffalo Games recall these kits sooner, after learning of serious injuries and before a baby died? Why is the company recalling only this kit and not other similar water bead products?; Why didn’t Target do more to reach out to its customers directly and warn them? “The CPSC must get to the bottom of the failures that led to this avoidable tragedy, and if it finds that someone violated the law, it must impose severe penalties to deter future misconduct,” he said.
Following the announcement of the recall, the Target retail chain informed its consumers that water bead activity kits were removed from shelves and in case of any return, contact the company for a full refund.
Finally, the kit recalled Identified by purple packaging with a UPC number 079346627035 On the back, this box contains 2 ounces of “jumbo” water beads, 6 ounces of “regular” water beads, as well as a scoop with a handle and a scissor scoop, five small toy fish, and 10 activity cards. instructions.
Source: La Opinion