A recall for Easter egg toys sold at Target has been issue days ahead of Easter after it was found the objects can expand inside a child’s body if ingested.
Water-absorbing egg toys sold for a dollar at Target between February and March are being recalled because they’re believed to be life-threatening to children, according to WCVB. No injuries have been reported.
There have been about 560,000 of the toys sold, and they’ve been put on shelves under many different names – Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino.
If swallowed, these toys could require surgical removal to prevent “intestinal obstructions, severe discomfort, vomiting and dehydration.”
Doctor’s will have to be careful, though, because the toys might not show up on an X-rays.
If parents have purchased these toys for their kids, authorities are encouraging them to return the objects to any Target location for a full refund, Fox News noted.
According to ABC News, last year, the number of recalls on children’s toys not only increased from the previous year, but was higher than it’s been since 2001.
There were 76 children’s toys recalled in 2016.
“We saw some large recalls – two with 29 million units each – as well as recalls that were delayed despite large numbers of incidents and injuries,” Nancy Cowles, the executive director of Kids in Danger (KID), said in a statement. “Sippy cups that grow mold and sicken children, strollers that lose wheels and injure both occupants and caregivers are just a few of the recalls involving large numbers of injuries this year.”
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