Spin Master Recalls Aqua Dots (Children's Toys)

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by devilot, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    (Note: I did do a search, didn't see an existing thread, lemme know if I missed one.)

    This is a very serious recall.

    Official page by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    Apparently this is quite a hot item for kids and a lot of children really wanted/ want this toy. Please please please make sure that those you know w/ kids are aware of this recall.

    It seems these were first recalled in Australia under the name, "Bindeez" or somesuch and have just within the last day or so been recalled here in the States. Amazon has pulled these toys off their site and Toys 'R Us has taken them off shelves.
  2. Aranince macrumors 65816

    Apr 18, 2007
  3. JLatte macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    San Diego
    I doubt this has anything to do with China except them manufacturing it. If I'm not mistaken, the distributor and the designer is Spinmaster in Toronto, Canada. They're the ones that came up with the hazardous design, the Chinese just made what they were told to.
  4. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Nobody should be surprised. With a name like Aqua Dots it even sounds like a recreational drug.

    Coming to a club near you :)
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Exactly my thought when I heard the name.
  6. pivo6 macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2002
    My two oldest daughters were pretty bummed when I told them that there won't be Aqua Dots for Christmas. I'm glad though. I really didn't want to buy it for them.
  7. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Yeah, this doesn't sound like a very good product at all.

    Hundreds of tiny little dots, which could easily get lost or scattered if you dropped the container, are easily swallowable and a choking hazard even if not coated with this stuff? And then once you "stick" it with water, that's it?

    Seems like the toy manufacturers would just love to sell you a cheaply-made product which is essentially "one-time use" -- you play, you're done, you throw it out. Whatever happened to long-lasting, wholesome toys?
  8. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2002
    Bay of Fundy
    I agree. BB Guns and Tonka Trucks for everyone!
  9. pdh1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2005
    :mad:Wrong. China switched the chemicals that were used because they were cheaper. They weren't making them with what they were supposed to.
  10. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    Wrong, the company failed to keep tight quality control.

    I have absolutely nothing wrong with where anything is made, it all comes down to quality control, and how much the original company really cares about how their products are made. sorry it's just facts.
  11. pdh1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2005
    Righttttttt, just like the Pet Food that killed peoples dogs:

    "CNBC: China's former top drug regulator was sentenced to death in an unusually harsh punishment for taking bribes to approve substandard medicines, including an antibiotic blamed for at least 10 deaths.

    Seeking to address broadening concerns over food, the government also announced plans for its first recall system for unsafe products.

    The developments are among the most dramatic steps Beijing has taken to address domestic and international alarm over shoddy and unsafe Chinese goods -- from pet food ingredients and toothpaste mixed with industrial chemicals to tainted antibiotics."
  12. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    Uhh yeah, this has nothing to do with the pet food recall, sorry.
  13. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2006
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    ...and have been causing a few problems. They basically the glue breaks down and eventually forms Fantasy, and guess what, kids have begun to experiment.
  14. mac-er macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    When we are willing to pay more for products, and when people will work for $5 an hour to make the stuff.
  15. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    Lets have a retro Christmas this year...

    Barbies and EZ Bake ovens for the girls.

    GI Joes and toy guns for the boys

  16. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    The Chinese did not do as they were supposed to. As in other cases, the factory owners substituted materials with cheaper ones that are hazardous. Sure we can blame Spinmaster (as they should have had a greater presence during QA) but we can also blame the factory owners who substituted these materials. Blame rarely falls entirely upon a single party ;)

    No, but they do present a pattern. If Americans care about their safety, they're going to have to stop buying Chinese made goods (at least in the short term). I believe the old saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

    I think that number is really closer to 50 cents/hour. Most factory workers only make about that much. There's no way any developed nation can offer labor at that price.
  17. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the manufacturer substitute one of the materials with the cheaper hazardous one?

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