Inflatable toys, novelties and furniture are made of soft plastic or other similar material and are designed to be inflated. Examples of such products include inflatable toy hammers, balls, children’s chairs, plastic lounges and footstools.
Sometimes the toys, novelties and furniture also contain loose beads, pellets or small particles generally made from polystyrene or a similar synthetic material. Young children may easily access these because:
PVC plastic inflatable products may burst or puncture when in contact with sharp objects
synthetic material is known to weaken with age—PVC plastic may deteriorate to the point where it bursts and the beads fall out.
If children inhale or swallow polystyrene beads or other types of pellets they could suffocate or suffer illness and respiratory infections that may lead to death. Polystyrene beads can stick in the throat. Inhaled or swallowed polystyrene beads do not show up on X-Rays, making them very difficult for doctors to diagnose the cause of a related illness and to locate and remove the beads.
There is a permanent ban on the sale of these products.