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Polymer balls raise alarm

These superabsorbent materials are increasingly prevalent in toys and household products

Consumer Reports magazine: May 2013

A recent recall of toys made of a material that can expand significantly when ingested has revealed a potential health risk that the Consumer Product Safety Commission considers serious enough to warrant a broader investigation. 350 more words


Warning: Kids Might Eat Expanding Polymer Balls That Look Like Candy

Here’s the thing: if you make something that’s brightly colored and looks like candy, kids are going to eat it. Water Balz and other similar expanding, water-absorbing polymer toys seem pretty fun, and are also bright and shiny and look like candy. 143 more words

Dunecraft Water Toy Recall

US/Washington & Canada/Ottawa: Dunecraft recalls various Water Toys due to serious ingestion hazard. CPSC: http://ht.ly/gdjjv

Direct link: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13071.html

The CPSC reports 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. 33 more words


Expandable toy recalled due to ingestion risk, group says

By Jim Barnett

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A toy that absorbs water and can expand to 400 times its original size has been voluntarily recalled after a report that a baby ingested one and needed surgery to remove it, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday. 173 more words


Tiny Marbles...to HUGE BALLS! Incredible Polymer Water Balz


Have a ball with this fun polymer science experiment! Watch in amazement as your polymer balls which starts out smaller than a small marble grows to the size of a racquetball when placed in water-all in less than a day! 62 more words

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