Company pays $1.3 million to resolve toxic substance allegations over craft kit

Company pays $1.3 million to resolve toxic substance allegations over craft kitThe maker of a craft kit intended for children recently agreed to pay $1.3 million in civil penalties for selling a banned toxic substance.

In 2007, Spin Master, Inc. of Los Angeles, California, and Spin Master Ltd. of Toronto, Canada, recalled Aqua Dogs, a craft toy that was comprised of small beads of different colors that stuck together when sprayed with water, according to a release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

At the time of the recall there were staff allegations from the CPSC that Spin Master violated federal law by not immediately telling the proper authorities about a product that was known to be defective. In addition, the company allegedly imported a banned and toxic substance knowingly.

According to the CPSC, Aqua Dots “contained 1.4-butylene glycol (TMG), which, upon ingestion, metabolizes to the controlled substance gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB).” The company reportedly learned of this on October 18, 2007, and the fact that TMG affects the central nervous system and kidneys.

The federal agency alleges that the company received several reports of children falling ill from eating Aqua Dots after learning of the product’s harmful effects but did not recall them until two days after the CPSC notified the company of two reports of harmful incidents related to the product.

According to a release from 2007, the CPSC received two reports “of children swallowing Aqua Dots. A 20-month-old child swallowed several dozen beads. He became dizzy and vomited several times before slipping into a comatose state for a period of time, was hospitalized, and has since fully recovered. A second child also vomited and slipped into a comatose state and was hospitalized for five days.”

Ultimately, Spin Master was forced to recall 4.2 million units of Aqua Dots.

Now it appears that the chapter on Aqua Dots has been closed with the company agreeing to pay the $1.3 million settlement.

“In agreeing to the settlement, Spin Master denies CPSC staff allegations that it knowingly violated the law.”

Federal law requires companies to report a product to the CPSC within 24 hours of obtaining information that “reasonably [supports] the conclusion that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard,” fails to comply with any product safety rule or creates an unreasonable risk of death or serious injury.