It is always scary when a recall on children's products is announced. They are the items we trust to keep our children safe or entertained and when a recall is issued is most likely because a child has been injured by the product. Parents try to make sure their little ones are safe, so when a child's product injures children it is very alarming.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Monday that there will be a voluntary recall on a children's toy called Water Balz. This toy is a small ball about the size of a marble that can absorb water and grow, the toy advertises, “to the size of a racquetball”. Almost 95,000 of the toys have been sold in the US and Canada from 2010 to November 2012. There are 4 types of Water Balz known as the original round shape “Water Balz”, the skull shaped “Growing Skulls”, the round shaped “Despicable Me” and the flower shaped “Fabulous Flowers”. All four products are part of this voluntary recall.
The balls are being recalled after a report that an 8-month-old in Texas swallowed the ball in its marble-sized form. The toy absorbed liquid in the child's stomach and grew, causing an intestinal blockage. Since the toy is plastic, it did not show up on X-rays and had to be surgically removed. This product may have seemed like a good idea, but more research would have revealed how dangerous it is when swallowed. Hopefully now that it is off the market, no more children will be harmed.
It is important to report injuries caused by children’s toys to the manufacturer or the CPSC. If there was any serious injury caused to the child, it is important to speak to a lawyer. Though the parents may just be glad that their child is alright, it is important that the company who created Water Balz be held responsible for the medical bills and any future complications the surgery has caused. The Berry Law Group can explain to you your rights regarding recalled toys and you can call us anytime for a free consultation.