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Recall: Cosmo Beads Water-absorbing Polymer Beads

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On 2013-09-10, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Cosmo Beads Water-absorbing Polymer Beads due to a potential internal injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in June 2011 for about $2 to $20.

About 4,000 units are involved in this Eco-Novelty polymer bead recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 3rd recall of products in the Other Miscellaneous Toys category in 2013. Since 2005, there have been approximately 30 similar recalls, involving about 5 million product units.

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Cosmo Beads Water-absorbing Polymer Beads
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Image of Recalled Jumbo Cosmo Beads Multipurpose 639145
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Company Contact Information:

Website: econoveltycorp.com
Phone: (231) 222-4200

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What is the problem?

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.

How can I tell if I own this product?

Cosmo Beads Jumbo Size Colorful Water Balls and Jumbo Multipurpose Colorful Water Balls toys are being recalled. 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."

These items were sold new+ at Amazon.com, ifleemarket.com and crystalsoilusa.com from June 2011 through August 2013 for between $2 and $20.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should immediately take this recalled toy away from children and contact Eco-Novelty for a refund.

Eco Novelty Corp. at (231) 222-4200 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or e-mail admin@econoveltycorp.com.

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

None reported. CPSC is aware of one incident where an 8-month-old girl ingested a similar water-absorbing polymer ball that had to be surgically removed. 

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+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.

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