Health Department Warns Consumers of Potentially Toxic Aqua Dot Children’s Toy

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2007
Media Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is warning consumers about Aqua Dots, a beaded children’s toy coated with a chemical that can turn toxic if ingested.

Children who swallow the beads can become comatose, develop respiratory depression (low or shallow breathing with inadequate oxygen), or have seizures, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Consumers should immediately take the toy away from children. No illnesses related to the toy have been reported in Vermont.

The product is labeled for ages 4+.

Aqua Dots, manufactured in China, were recalled by the distributor, Spin Master of Toronto, Canada, on Nov. 7. About 4.2 million units of the product were distributed.

The CPSC has received two reports over the past several days of children swallowing Aqua Dots. A 20-month-old child swallowed several dozen beads, became dizzy and vomited several times before slipping into a comatose state for a period of time, was hospitalized, and has since fully recovered. A second child also vomited and slipped into a comatose state and was hospitalized for five days, according to the CPSC.

The recalled toy is a craft kit that allows children to create various multi-dimensional designs using small colored beads. The beads fuse together when sprayed with water. The product is available in various different kits with accessories such as a drying fan, applicator pen, design templates for the beads, and spray bottle, according to the CPSC.

Anyone with the product can contact Spin Master to return for free replacement beads or a toy of equal value at (800) 622-8339 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.aquadotsrecall.com.

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