Dollarama is recalling thousands of toys that may pose a health risk to children.
Health Canada reports that more than 500,000 plastic Skip Ball toys were sold at Dollarama stores between January 2012 and July 27, 2018.
The toys are made of a pink ankle loop and multicoloured ball attached together by a plastic cord.
According to Health Canada, the toys may contain potentially dangerous levels of phthalates, chemicals used to make soft, flexible plastic. Children who suck or chew on products containing phthalates may be at risk of developmental abnormalities or other health problems. The federal government restricted the use of six types of phthalates in children’s toys and products in 2010.
The Skip Balls were made in China. Dollarama has not received any reports of injuries caused by the toy.
Consumers are advised to get the toys out of children’s reach and either throw them away or return them to Dollarama for a refund.