Sometimes, when a toy is recalled, the manufacturer will remarket it under a new name, especially if the toy had proven popular with consumers. Aqua Dots is one example of this. In the early to mid 2000’s, Aqua Dots was a hugely popular plastic bead art set. Kids could create their own colorful designs, then set the design by spritzing the beads with water. The water effectively melted the beads together so they formed a solid piece of art that could then be lifted, moved, or handled without fear of falling apart.
Sounds fun and educational, right? The problem was Aqua Dots were toxic and several children ingested them. Testing showed that the beads were coated with a chemical that turned into the date-rape drug gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) when digested! At least one child who ingested the beads suffered permanent brain damage and won a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Aqua Dots was pulled off the market, but not for long. Soon, Pixos and Chixos showed up for sale by the same manufacturer – essentially the exact same toy as Aqua Dots.
Product Safety Laws Rely Heavily On Self-Regulation
As incredible as it is to hear, many product safety laws rely on the manufacturers themselves to report toxins in their products! If a company does not declare the toxins, the product may not be tested, and could make it to market, which is what happened with Aqua Dots.
What is even more shocking is that the U.S. distributor of the toy, Spin Master, has reportedly said that they still don’t test for the hazardous chemicals in their products, including the new Pixos and Chixos. While the likelihood that Spin Master has reverted to the same formula as that used in Aqua Dots is extremely low, it’s still disconcerting to learn that toys make it to market without adequate product testing.
Practice Smart Buying Habits
Consumers need to be smart in these types of situations. In addition to paying attention to product recalls, be especially vigilant when purchasing toys secondhand at garage sales or on resale sites like eBay or Craigslist. It’s possible that recalled toys could make it onto such sites without the seller even knowing there has been a recall.
If Your Child Is Injured By A Toy, Contact An Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer
In an ideal world, the system would prevent children from ever being harmed by toys, but history has shown that the system doesn’t work that way. If dangerous Christmas toys have harmed your child, contact an Orlando personal injury lawyer at Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos, LLP to learn more filing an Orlando dangerous toy lawsuit.
Contact us at 888-726-6735 or online to arrange a consultation and learn more about our experience with Orlando toy liability cases.