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Water Balz, Other Toys Recalled for Ingestion Hazard, Risk of Serious Injury

Dec 20, 2012

The company which manufactures Water Balz and other water toys that expand to hundreds of times their original size when they hit water has issued a recall because they pose serious injury risks, especially to children.

According to a recall statement issued by Dunecraft Inc. in conjunction with the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, the callback includes about 94,700 toys sold in the U.S. and another 600 in Canada.

If these marble-sized toys are ingested before they’re expanded to their intended size, they could pose serious health risks.
If these Water Balz and other toys are swallowed when they’re in their original state, as small marble-like balls, they can expand inside the body. These toys can cause blockages of the small intestine that can result in severe dehydration, vomiting, pain, and could even be life-threatening.

The recall was deemed necessary after a report of one Texas girl who had to have a Water Balz toy she accidentally swallowed surgically removed. The toy had expanded once it was inside her body, causing an intestinal blockage that required emergency treatment.

The following products, including 81,000 Water Balz toys, are included in this recall from Dunecraft: another 11,850 Growing Skulls toys, 800 H2O “Despicable Me” Orbs, and 36 Fabulous Flowers toys. These products are intended to grow 400-times their original size. They are sold in small pouches and resemble marbles in their original state. They are sold in packs of six in varying colors: green, yellow, red, blue, and black. The brand name and product name are included on packaging.

The statement provides the following information regarding their availability on the retail market: 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,,,, and other Web sites from September 2010 until 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 to November of this year for about $3 per package.

Consumers are urged to immediately remove this toy from the reach of children and to contact Dunecraft for a free replacement toy.

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