Expanding Ball Toy Poses Hazard to Children and Pets: New York Times, 9/17/12

Expanding Ball Toy Poses Hazard to Children and Pets

They are known as Water Balz, and at first glance they look like marbles: small and spherical, brightly colored. But these balls are made of superabsorbent polymer, and they are capable of rapidly expanding to the size of a racquetball when doused in water.

This unusual feature has made Water Balz a popular toy. But it is also the very feature that has prompted some pediatricians to warn parents that the toys can pose a unique hazard to small children.

Expanding Ball Toy Poses Hazard to Children and Pets

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