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Consumer product recall

Little Passports, Inc. recalls Science Expeditions Northern Lights kits battery pack

Starting date:
May 11, 2017
Posting date:
May 11, 2017
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Children's Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Burn Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Little Passports, Inc.

Affected products

Little Passports Science Expeditions Northern Lights Kit battery pack

Product description

This recall involves the Science Expeditions Northern Lights science kits with "Make an Electromagnet" and "Aurora in a Box" experiments that use battery packs. The kits were sold exclusively online to Little Passports subscribers in February 2017. The "Magnet Lab" experiment and comic book included in the Science Expeditions Northern Lights kit do not use battery packs and can still be used.

Hazard identified

The battery packs included in the science kits can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

As of April 3, 2017, the company has received seven reports of the battery pack overheating in the United States and one report in Canada. Little Passports has not received any reports of injuries related to the use of this product.

Number sold

Approximately 700 units of the affected products were sold in Canada, and approximately 7000 were sold in the USA.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from February 2017 to March 3, 2017 through the Little Passports subscription service.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Little Passports, Inc.
San Francisco
Shenzhen Jiayuanwei Electronic Co. Ltd.
Bao’an Shenzhen Guangdong

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the battery packs included in the kits and contact Little Passports for a Crystal Growing Kit replacement product or coupon for $12 off any kit in Little Passports’ online store. The company is contacting all known purchasers directly.

For more information, consumers can contact Little Passports, Inc. by telephone toll-free at 1-866-991-4547 from 8 am to 5 pm ET Monday through Friday, or online and click on "Product Safety" for more information.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.