September 11, 2013: Eco-Novelty Recalls Jumbo Size and Jumbo Multipurpose Cosmo Beads Toys
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Eco-Novelty, announced a voluntary recall of their Jumbo Size and Jumbo Multipurpose Cosmo Bead Toys. About 3,500 toys in the US have been recalled.
What’s the Deal?
The hard and colorful toy can be easily mistaken for candy by a child. When the bead is ingested, it expands and can cause intestinal obstructions inside a child’s body, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening. The toys need surgery to be removed from the body. Similar toys have not shown up on x-rays.
Do You Own It?
The toys are water absorbing beads that when placed in water will hydrate up to the size of a racquetball. On the front of the toy packages it states Cosmo Beads ™ Colorful Water Balls, Just Add Water, Biodegradable, Non-toxic and Colorfast. The packages have yellow and black color on the upper left corner and red in the lower right corner. The beads can be seen through an oval, cellophane window near the bottom of the package.
Cosmo Beads Jumbo Size were sold as single packets of beads in various colors: clear, green, purple, red and mixed colors. Each packet contains a variety of bead sizes. The front of the Jumbo Size package has a picture of a hand holding two water balls and the words “Grows up to 600X (1.5”) Size.”
Cosmo Beads Jumbo Multipurpose came in three packets per set. Each packet contains beads in one size and comes in clear, dark purple and orange colors. The front of the Jumbo Multipurpose packet has a picture of flowers in a glass vase and the words “Deco Centerpiece: Toys-Games: Plant-Vacation watering.”
What Should You Do?
Consumers should immediately take this recalled toy away from children and contact Eco-Novelty for a refund.
You can call Eco Novelty Corp at (231) 222-4200 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. You may also email the firm at email@example.com.
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