When Hasbro brought back three classic Super Soakers this spring, I was pretty excited – but now two of them are being recalled. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that the Super Soaker XP20 and XP30 used too much lead in the ink when printing their labels and should be returned to Hasbro immediately for a full refund.
They were sold exclusively at Target between March and July this year, and according to the CPSC, Hasbro has shipped around 52,900 units so far. If you're one of those nearly 53,000 buyers, you can email SuperSoakerRecall@Hasbro.com or click here for an online form.
(If you're not sure which Super Soakers they are, see the pictures above and below.)
You may also be wondering: Did these new Super Soakers prove to be good? So far I've only had one chance to try the blue Super Soaker XP100 and … can't say it's my favorite but it's fun. It shoots off a nice, sharp jet of water and I like how it now has a quick release tank instead of having to carefully screw and unscrew it every time you need a refill.
Unfortunately – possibly because Hasbro uses the original, classic squeeze release mechanism, see BlasterHub's review here – it unfortunately also tends to leak all over the place and keep dripping or even spraying water from the end when you inflate it to full pressure.
I still want a CPS2000 instead. As before, I am going to leave you with this excellent oral story of the Super Soaker and this video about the black NASA scientist Lonnie Johnson who originally came up with the idea.