Toxic Toy Poisons Boy — Settlement Reminds Parents to Be Vigilant (Here’s How)

Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Health, Prevention with 1 Comment
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By Christine Lepisto | Tree Hugger

In July 2007, Mark and Beth Monje's son swallowed some of the bright toy beads from his Aqua Dots art set. The toy encourages kids above choking hazard age (4+) to arrange colorful beads into patterns. When sprayed with water, the dots “melt” and fuse into a picture.

The toy was recalled in 2007 after nine children in the U.S. and three in Australia became sick from the beads. Tests showed that the chemical coating on the beads turned into the dangerous date-rape drug gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) when digested.


The Monje's just “won” what may be the first of several Aqua Dots lawsuits. But $58,000 compensation for medical bills and $377,000 for pain and suffering don't seem like much of a “win” for a family dealing with permanent brain damage, affecting their son's fine motor skills and sense of smell.

The manufacturer and distributor of the toxic Aqua Dots toy were held liable, while the store that sold the toy was cleared of responsibility.

The sad tale carries a strong reminder of several important lessons:

1) Keep an eye out for product recalls

You can usually find recalls advertised in the departments where you bought products originally. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also operates a website where recalls are published. Registering purchases with manufacturers can put you on mailing lists in case of recalls (if you are willing to risk the annoying marketing that may accompany registration).

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  1. 966801543374426@facebook.com' Tevita Sa'alea says:

    Why keep selling the shit for????

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