Target recalls 500,000 Easter egg toys over deadly ingestion fears

Target recalled over 500,000 Easter toys due to serious safety concerns on Thursday, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The Easter-themed 'Hatch & Grow' toys can swell up to 600% their original size when placed in water, according to the product's packaging.

This expanding capability has led to concerns that if ingested, the toys could grow inside a child's body and cause intestinal obstructions, which may result in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could even be life threatening.

According to the CPSC, surgery would likely be required to remove the toy from the body, which would be risky since there is a possibility that the porous toys wouldn't show up on an X-ray.

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The products affected by the recall are:

  • Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs and Easter Grow Toys, model number 234-25-1200 on the back of the product's packaging
  • Hatch Your Own Dino Egg, 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

The toys were sold at Target stores nationwide from February to March and cost $1 each.

Although no injuries have been reported yet, consumers are urged to either return the toys to Target for a full refund or throw them away.

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