Two recalls to share tonight of magnets sold on Amazon.com because of a risk of ingestion and injury to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said there have been no reports of injuries associated with these products, but there have been injuries involving other high-powered magnets.
The CPSC announced that 106,000 Magnet Balls® Manipulative Magnet Sets have been recalled. Each puzzle set contains 216 spherical high-powered magnets that are 5mm in diameter. The magnets were sold in silver and multi-color sets.
When more than one magnet is swallowed by a child, they can link together inside a child’s intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled magnets and contact SCS Direct for instructions on returning the product for a $20 store credit: SCS Direct; toll-free at (888) 749-1387, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info and photos here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/
The magnets were sold Amazon.com from August 2010 through May 2012 for about $20.
The products were sold for use as an adult novelty item or desk toy with appropriate hazard warnings and stating the intended age level as 14 years and older. They were sold on Amazon.com from November 2010 through December 2011 for about $25 to $30.
Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact the company to arrange for return and a full refund from Kringles Toys and Gifts: call toll-free at (888) 801-1649 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, e-mail customerservice@
Photos and more information available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/