Company to Pay $1.3M Over Toxic Toy

A company has agreed to pay a $1.3 million fine over the sale of a toxic toy that put two children in a coma, according to an announcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Thursday.

Spin Master Inc of Los Angeles and Spin Master Ltd of Toronto have agreed to the settlement after allegedly failing to report that its Aqua Dots craft kit was hazardous if swallowed.

According to the CPSC statement, the company denies having "knowingly" violated federal law by importing the banned hazardous substance in Aqua Dots, a product that was made up of tiny beads that stuck together when mixed with water.

The company had received reports as early as mid-October of 2007 that children had fallen ill after swallowing Aqua Dots and that the toy contained the banned hazardous substance 1,4-butylene glycol (TMG), which is toxic when ingested, the statement said.

The defective toy was not recalled, however, until November 2007, when two children fell into comas after swallowing the product.

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