With mere days before Easter, Target has issued a recall for their Hatch & Grow Easter eggs and Dino toys due to concerns that they “pose an ingestion hazard that can only be remedied with surgery.” So parents be warned: if you purchased these toys for your children’s easter baskets, it might be time to nix that idea and pick up a new toy. So far about 560,000 of the toys, that “grow up to 600% its original size” when placed in water, have been recalled already.
Though there have been no reports of injuries yet, a notice issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that these toys “can expand inside a child’s body when ingested.” Unfortunately, ingesting these toys can “cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and could be life threatening.” In fact, in order to remove the toy, which is available in the shape of an egg or dinosaur, surgery would be necessary.
But how do parents know if they purchased one of the recalled toys? It’s simple. At the moment, the recall only includes Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs and Easter Grow Toys with the model number 234-25-1200 on the back of the product’s package, and Hatch Your Own Dino with the model number 234-09-0016 on the label inserted in the product’s packaging, according to Consumerist. Additionally, these seasonal products were only sold for a short period of time at Target stores nationwide, from February to March.
If you or someone you know has one of these recalled toys, the CPSC suggests returning them to Target for a refund.