Target has recalled more than half a million Easter toys because of a potential danger to children.
The recall, effective April 13, is for about 560,000 water-absorbing Easter and dinosaur toys, sold in March and April 2017, reports WABC.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the toys pose a "serious ingestion hazard." When swallowed, one of the toys in question can expand and cause intestinal obstructions, which could be life threatening and would require surgery to remove it.
Medical professionals and parents are also warned that the toys might not be visible on an X-ray if swallowed.
On its website, the CPSC provides a detailed summary of the toys being recalled:
This recall involves Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino. Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs and Easter Grow Toys have model number 234-25-1200 on the back of the product’s packaging. Hatch Your Own Dino Egg has model number 234-09-0016 on the label inserted in the product’s packaging. The pink, blue, or purple Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs include a white bunny, brown bunny, or butterfly. The Easter Grow Toys include a yellow chick, brown bunny, or white bunny. The Hatch Your Own Dino Eggs are purple or yellow/green and contains one of eleven dinosaurs.
On March 29, Target recalled another toy due to potential choking hazard. This "magnetic tic tac toe game" was sold from December 2016 through February 2017.
The game is described as a 10- by 10-inch plywood board with nine “X” and “Heart” game pieces, with each piece having a magnet on the back.
"The magnets can come off the tic tac toe game pieces, posing a choking hazard," explains the CPSC. "In addition, when two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside the intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects."
Target issued the recall after receiving one report of magnets falling off the game piece. No injuries have been reported.
In October 2016, Target recalled 127,000 Halloween toys, also due to a potential ingestion hazard. These "Halloween-themed gel clings" were sold between August and September 2016. "The gel clings can separate and expose the inner decal and LED/button battery compartment, posing choking and button battery ingestion hazards to children," said the CPSC at the time.
"This recall involves six different Halloween-themed LED gel clings that come with two non-replaceable button cell batteries," explained the CPSC in the full description of the recall. "The gel clings are for window use only and light up with a blinking light when you push on them. The six different gel cling designs are a green skeleton, pink skeleton, purple spider, black cat, orange pumpkin, and black bat. Model number 234-25-0904 is printed on the gel cling’s packaging."