Recalled Water Balz, Skulls, Orbs, and Flower Toys

Who couldn’t see this one coming? Seriously.

The FDA has announced the recall of water toys manufactured by Dunecraft, as they have become a health hazard. These toys expand and grow up to 400 times their original size when placed in water. Unfortunately, if ingested, they expand inside the body causing a blockage in the small intestine. This blockage can result in severe discomfort, vomiting, and dehydration. The toys do not appear on an x-ray, and require surgery to be removed.

An eight-month-old girl from Humble, Texas, swallowed one of the Water Balz models, necessitating an operation. Can you imagine if that was your child? How easily could this have been avoided?
The recall affects almost 100,000 toys. These marble-sized toys come in various forms, and are known as “Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” and Fabulous Flowers. Sold in multi-colors and packaged in counts of six, the toys bear the name, “Dunecraft,” along with the following model numbers:

  • Water Balz – BC-0338
  • Growing Skulls – BC-0320
  • H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” – DM-0447
  • Fabulous Flowers – BC-0440