In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dunecraft is recalling nearly 95,000 water-absorption toys sold nationwide because they can expand inside the body if ingested, causing a potentially life-threatening blockage of the small intestine and resulting in severe pain, vomiting and dehydration. If your child was injured by one of the toys detailed below or another defective consumer product, the Mobile, Alabama, product liability attorneys at Long & Long may be able to help you pursue financial compensation for medical expenses and other damages. Our experienced injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of innocent consumers, who should be able to expect that the products they purchase are safe when used for their intended purposes and according to directions. The toys impacted by the Dunecraft recall are marble-sized items of varying shapes that absorb water and grow up to 400 times their original size. The specific products are:
- Water Balz, Model BC-0338
- Growing Skulls, Model BC-0320
- H2O Orbs “Despicable Me,” Model DM-0447
- Fabulous Flowers, Model BC-0440
If these items are ingested, they can swell within the body, posing a serious health hazard. There has been at least one report of a child who ingested a Water Balz product and had to have the object surgically removed. The products were sold at national retail stores as well as online. Among other retailers, the recalled products were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Hobby Lobby, Urban Outfitters Direct, Wegmans, amazon.com, incrediblescience.com, keyporthobbies.com and americantoystores.com between September 2010 and November 2012 for about $3 per packet. Consumers with these toys should stop using them immediately. For additional information and photos of the products in question, please see the CPSC web page on the recall. If you were hurt or a family member was killed due to a defective product, please contact Long & Long for your free case consultation. Our product liability lawyers welcome clients from the greater Mobile, Alabama, area.