Your Kid's Favorite Summer Toy Is Getting Recalled Because of Lead
If your kid plays with this popular toy, you should get rid of it immediately.
Nothing is safe in 2020–not even children's toys. If your kids have been entertaining themselves with water fights in the backyard this summer, you may want to check out which device they've been using. The popular toy company Hasbro just recalled two versions of a beloved summer toy—the Super Soaker water gun—due to lead, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (UCPSC).
Due to a decorative sticker with ink containing more lead than the federal government allows, Hasbro had to recall an estimated 54,900 water guns. According to UCPSC, the green-and-orange Super Soaker XP 20 (below) and the orange-and-blue Super Soaker XP 30 (above), sold at Target between March and July of this year, are the primary culprits.
Lead exposure can result in various complications, and in severe cases, may be deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some effects of lead exposure include abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, constipation, irritability, loss of appetite, memory loss, depression, nausea, tingling in your extremities, and brain and kidney damage. The CDC says exposure can occur via both inhalation and absorption of particles.
Thankfully, there have been no reported injuries related to the water guns yet, and to keep it that way, the UCPSC advises anyone in possession of these Super Soakers to "immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Hasbro Inc. for instructions on how to return the product and receive a full refund. Consumers will be asked to unscrew the tank from the blaster and return the tank to the manufacturer using a postage prepaid label, for a full refund." And for more precautions that help protect your children while they play, These Are the Safest Ways to Disinfect Your Kids' Toys.