Target has recalled approximately 560,000 water-absorbing toys shaped like Easter eggs, bunnies, chicks and dinosaurs over concerns that, if ingested, the toys can expand inside a child’s body and cause intestinal obstructions. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall, which involves three toys: Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys, and Hatch Your Own Dino.
Swallowing the colorful toys could result in “severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening,” according to the recall notice. “Surgery is required to remove the toy from the body, if ingested.” Further complicating matters, the toys “might now show up on an X-ray,” the recall notice warns. The toys should immediately be taken away from children and can be returned to any Target store for a full refund, according to the recall notice.
Pictures of the hazardous toys on the Target Corp. website include the packaging, which states on the front: “WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.” The cautionary advice is adjacent to instructions to place the toy in water and “[w]atch it grow up to 600 percent it’s original size!” No injuries or incidents have been reported, but the ingestion hazard is “serious,” the recall notice states. The product is manufactured in China, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs have model number 234-25-1200 on the back of the product packaging and contain a bunny or butterfly inside a toy egg. The Easter Grow Toys share the same model number and include a chick or bunny. The Hatch Your Own Dino Eggs have model number 234-09-0016 on the label inserted in the packaging and contain toy dinosaurs. The small toys were sold at Target stores nationwide from February 2017 through March for about $1. The recall comes just days before Easter Sunday. The recall was conducted voluntarily by the company, under the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “Fast Track” recall process. “Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers,” the government agency states.
A spokesperson for Target said the guests can return the item for a full refund without a receipt or proof of purchase. In August, the Consumer Product Safety Commission worked with McDonald’s Corp. as it recalled 29 million fitness trackers that were given away in children’s meals nationwide after receiving more than 70 reports of skin irritations and burns.
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