Trio of toy balls sold on Amazon recalled because kids could choke on them

THREE types of expandable ball toys which can enlarge up to 200 times their size have been recalled over fears they pose a choking risk to kids.

The Spider Balls, Water Marbles and Glow in the Dark Spit Balls, which were available via Amazon, are being withdrawn from the UK market after concerns were raised.

Trading Standards warned customers that the balls can be put into children’s mouths and swallowed – expanding and causing a fatal airway blockage or getting stuck in their intestines.

They do not comply with EU safety legislation covering whether toys are suitable for children.

The toys are made by Ohio-based manufacturer Dunecraft, which specialises in science toys and educational games.

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The Spider Balls can be submerged in water to reveal lots of smaller balls after a few minutes – mimicking the hatching of spiders’ eggs.

The Water Marbles expand rapidly when they get wet, while the Glow in the Dark Spit Balls were advertised by Amazon as “amazing wonders of chemistry that are slimy and gross to the touch”.

They are designed to be launched and explode on impact.

While all three products have been pulled from the website in the UK, the Spit Balls are still on sale on Amazon’s US site for $8.99 (£7.46), and are described as being suitable for children over the age of nine months.

The Water Marbles are also on sale for $3.46 (£2.87).

Anyone who has bought the product can claim a refund and will be contacted by Amazon.

The retailer declined to comment on Trading Standard's decision.

This is the second recall Amazon has faced this week. Yesterday a lightsaber toy was recalled because it was found that there was lead in the paint.

Parents were also urged to check their little ones' toy collections after Lidl is recalled gripper toys amid concerns that babies and young children could choke on them.

And the UK's biggest supermarket Tesco was forced to recall toy cars due to a choking hazard.

 

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