Children’s Snap Beads Recalled

About 40 units of Snap Beads distributed by Edushape Ltd., of Deer Park, New York have been recalled by Edushape due to <"">choking hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The defective toys were manufactured by Xiamen Xinlu Machinery Co., Ltd., China. The tip of the snap bead peg may break off under repetitive pressure, posing a choking hazard to small children. To date no incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recalled Snap Beads are multi-colored, textured soft plastic beads designed to connect to one another. The recalled Snap Beads are packaged in a 6” x 6” x 8” clear plastic jar with a photo of a child playing with the beads on the label. The word “Edushape” is written on the label in green and red. The recalled Snap Beads sold for about $20 in retail stores and online from July 2009 to September 2009.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Snap Beads and contact Edushape for a replacement set. Edushape’s customer service department can be reached by telephone toll-free at (800) 404-4744 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, at the firm’s Web site at, or by email at

We have long been discussing the issue with dangerous and defective products making their way into the United States from China. This bears repeating, especially given that we are in the midst of the heavy holiday shopping children and more toys are being recalled.

In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the United States involved imports from China. Products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin have been found to have been made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long been putting United States consumers at significant risk. Also making news is the ongoing Chinese drywall disaster involving imports from that country.

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