Miniverse Recall Issued For 21 Million “Make It Mini” Toy Sets, Following Reports of Skin Burns and Respiratory Injuries

Liquid resins in the recalled Miniverse Make It Mini toy sets have levels of hazardous chemicals that exceed U.S. consumer safety laws.

Millions of Miniverse “Make it Mini” sets manufactured by MGA Entertainment are being pulled from store shelves, because they contain hazardous substances that have been linked to reports of skin burns, irritation and respiratory injuries.

The Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the Miniverse recall on June 25, after numerous reports were confirmed involving children and adults who experienced complications from liquid resins, which could cause various side effects when inhaled, ingested or touched.

Miniverse Make It Mini Sets typically include a sphere that contains the components needed to assemble miniature versions of appliance, food, or lifestyle items. The resin packaging in these sets often mimic food items, such as peanut butter jars, maple syrup bottles, and milk containers, with the hardened resin resembling actual food.

According to the recall notice, the liquid resins in the toy sets include acrylates, specifically hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) and isobornyl acrylate (IBOA), in amounts that exceed the limits set by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act for children’s products. These resins can cause irritation or sensitization in the skin, eyes, and respiratory system when inhaled, touched, or ingested by both children and adults.

To date, the manufacturer reports that it has received 26 reports of burns, skin irritation, respiratory problems and at least one case of asthma activation, involving both children and adults.

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The affected products include “Make It Mini Appliances,” all models and series of “Make It Mini Food,” and “Make It Mini Lifestyle.” Each product has a disposable wrapper with “MGA’s Miniverse” on a yellow burst background and either “Make It Appliances” in bright pink, “Make It Mini Food” in bright pink, or “Make It Mini Lifestyle” in salmon pink. The wrapper includes the manufacturer’s identity and country-specific information in multiple languages.

Sets packaged in spheres can also be sold in bundles with multiple units. The “Kitchen,” “Multipack,” “All You Can Eat,” “Ice Cream Social,” and “Pizza Party” sets come in dedicated boxes with similar labeling but no spheres. The item number and UPC code are on the back of the wrapper. A full list of the recalled product is available in the recall notice linked above.

An estimated 21 million sets were sold in the U.S., with another 1 million sold in Canada.

The recalled toy sets were sold at Target, Walmart, Family Dollar, Dollar General, ALDI, Hobby Lobby, and other stores nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com, shop.mgae.com, Target.com, Walmart.com, and other websites from October 2022 through June 2024. Prices ranged from $7 to $13 for individual sphere sets and $14 to $52 for boxed sets, depending on the model.

The manufacturer and CPSC are advising consumers to immediately discontinue use of any units containing unused resins and contact MGA to obtain a pre-paid mailing label. They can return the entire product, including the unused resin if it has not been opened, or the unused resins along with a photograph of the product if it has been opened. Consumers will receive either a full refund or a replacement product, according to their preference.

Consumers with questions about the recall can visit https://www.mgae.com/customer-care/recalls for more information. They can also call MGA Entertainment at 800-222-4685, or send an email to mvcustomer_care@mgae.com.

1 Comments

  • NicholeJune 27, 2024 at 7:35 am

    Yes my asthma acts up really bad

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