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Recall of toy deemed dangerous to children

When residents of Virginia purchase a product in a store, there is an assumption that the item will not inflict any harm while in use. Unfortunately this is not always the case. All too often individuals are injured as a result of defective products. While it is upsetting to hear about such things happening, this is particularly true when the injured individual is a child.

In an effort to prevent any children from being injured, the toy company Be Amazing! recently recalled water-absorbing polymer balls sold as 400 Monster Science and Super Star Science Colossal Water Balls. The reason for the recall is problems that could arise should the toy, which to some children could resemble candy, be eaten. Once it works its way throughout the digestive track, it is possible that the small ball could expand and cause an intestinal obstruction.

The symptoms of such an obstruction, including dehydration, vomiting and pain, are unpleasant. To get the ball out it is necessary to undergo a surgical procedure. This surgery is not always straightforward as pinpointing the location of the object is not easy. This is due to the fact that the balls do not appear on X-rays. If not removed in a prompt matter however, the end result could be death.

In this case it does not appear that anyone has been hurt as a result of the design defect of the toy. In cases where someone is however, a civil personal injury lawsuit could be filed. Though the legal proceeding would do nothing to undo the harm inflicted, if successful, the damages recovered in such a lawsuit could be helpful in dealing with the aftermath of such injuries.

Source: Philly.com, “Be Amazing! Toys Recalls Monster Science and Super Star Science Colossal Water Balls,” Anna Nguyen, Aug. 2, 2013

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