Product Liability

Toy spa kits recalled for exploding jar cap hazard

bath body 11 150x150 Toy spa kits recalled for exploding jar cap hazardThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and JAKKS Pacific Inc. of Malibu California, announced a voluntary recall of Spa Factory ™ Aromatherapy Fountain & Bath Benefits Kits. Eighty-eight incidents of exploding jars were reported to JAKKS and the CPSC combined, including 13 reported injuries.

The Spa Factory ™ Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Fountain kit and the Bath Benefits kit are toys that allow children to make their own spa and bath products. Both kits come with jars that have purple caps, which are used to combine ingredients to make bath bombs, bath fizzies, and other concoctions.

Pressure from the accumulation of carbon dioxide gas has caused the caps to burst off the bottles, creating explosion and projectile hazards. Part of the mixtures is citric acid, which is an eye irritant.

Reports of injuries involved children from 6 to 11 years old. Three cases of eye irritation were reported, 2 eye injuries caused by exploding caps, a facial cut, and welt. Half a dozen adults sustained minor injuries, including four reports of bruising, one facial gash, and one swollen joint, according to the CPSC’s website.

Approximately 516,000 units of the toy kits have been produced.

Anyone who has a kit should discontinue use of the jars with purple caps immediately and contact JAKKS for replacement jar caps with vent holes. The caps will be provided free of charge.

JAKKS may be reached toll-free at (877) 875-2557 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or by visiting the firm’s Web site at www.myspafactory.com. Email communications should be directed to caps@jakks.net

The kits were sold at Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Target, and a number of toy stores nationwide from August 2008 through January 2009.