Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007

Another Toy Recall – We’ve Gone Well Beyond Lead

Aqua dots were expected to be one of the hottest toys of the holiday season here in the States. The beads are similar to those craft beads that fuse together with heat, except that these fuse with water.

The product has already been recalled from Australia and is expected to be recalled in the US shortly. According to CTV.ca:

"Scientists in Australia say tests have revealed that the beads contain a chemical that the body metabolizes into the "date rape” drug GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate). The compound can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death. "

Apparently, several children in Australia have already become seriously ill after eating the beads.  Avoid these guys like the plague!


2 Responses to “Another Toy Recall – We’ve Gone Well Beyond Lead”

  1. Sarah Says:

    While I agree it’s not safe, I’m still trying to figure out why a 3-year-old had access to the toy (one of the ones that died/got sick), and why a 10-year-old put the beads in his/her mouth. Definitely old enough to know better.

  2. Christy Says:

    I hate to put the blame on parents for a product that is so incredibly toxic, but I was thinking the same thing. The beads fuse together when wet… why would you leave these near a child who might even just lick them?