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Recall: Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs "Despicable Me" and Fabulous Flowers Grow Toys

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On 2012-12-17, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs "Despicable Me" and Fabulous Flowers Grow Toys due to a potential internal injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2010 for about $3.

About 90,000 units are involved in this Dunecraft ball toy recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 2nd recall of products in the Other Miscellaneous Toys category in 2012. Since 2005, there have been approximately 30 similar recalls, involving about 6 million product units.

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Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs "Despicable Me" and Fabulous Flowers Grow Toys
Image of Recalled Water Balz 290078
Image of Recalled Water Balz grow to 400 times their original size 686518
Image of Recalled Growing Skulls 686646
Image of Recalled Despicable Me H2O Orbs 511021
Image of Recalled Fabulous Flowers 252993
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Company Contact Information:

Website: www.dunecraft.com
Phone: (800) 306-4168

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What is the problem?

When the marble-sized toy is ingested, it expands inside the body and causes a blockage in the small intestine, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening. The toys do not show up on an x-ray and require surgery to be removed from the body.

Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

This recall involves marble-sized toys that absorb water and grow up to 400 times their original size. They were sold as Water Balz (round-shape), Growing Skulls (skull-shape), H2O Orbs "Despicable Me" (round-shape) and Fabulous Flowers (flower-shape). They were sold in packages of six in green, yellow, red, blue and black colors. "Dunecraft," the name of the toy and the model number are printed on the toy's packaging.

NameModel Number Amount Recalled
Water BalzBC-033881000
Growing SkullsBC-032011850
H2O Orbs "Despicable Me"DM-04471800
Fabulous FlowersBC-044036


This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1745

Information on where these items sold new+: 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 amazon.com, incrediblescience.com, keyporthobbies.com, americantoystores.com and other websites from September 2010 through 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 2012 through November 2012 for about $3 per package.

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 Dunecraft for a free replacement toy.

Dunecraft Inc.; at (800)306-4168, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.dunecraft.com and click on the recall tab for more information.

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

The firm received one report of an 8-month-old girl from Humble, Texas who ingested a Water Balz and suffered an intestinal obstruction in August 2011. The Water Balz 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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