November 26, 2022

New Federal Safety Standard For Magnets To Prevent Injuries

A new federal safety standard for magnets to prevent ingestion injuries and deaths has been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). These high powered magnets have been linked to several deaths and many serious injuries, some requiring surgery to remove the product. When these high powered magnets are swallowed, they can attract to each other or to other material that attracts to magnets, even through internal body tissue. This can cause perforations, twisting or blockage of the intestines, infection, blood poisoning, and death. ¬†About 26,600 magnet ingestions were treated in hospital emergency rooms from 2010 through 2021, and cases have been rising since 2018. There are at least seven deaths including the ingestion of hazardous magnets that have been reported … [Read more...]

Tonies Blocks Recalled For Magnet Ingestion Hazard

Tonies Blocks are being recalled for a magnet ingestion hazard. The products contain small powerful magnets that can attract each other or other metal objects and become lodged in the digestive system if ingested. This can result in perforations, twisting, and blockage of the intestines as well as causing infection and blood poisoning that can lead to death. The importer is Boxine US Inc. of Palo Alto, California. The product was manufactured in Germany. There has been one report of the magnet detaching from the product. No injuries have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The product was sold online at the tonies web site from November 2021 through December 2021 for between $15.00 and $20.00. About 4,200 of these units were sold. The recall is for … [Read more...]

DigitDots Magnetic Balls Recalled For Ingestion Hazard

DigitDots Magnetic Balls are being recalled for an ingestion hazard. These high powered magnets can cause serious injury or death when they are swallowed, since they can become lodged in the digestive system. This can cause perforations, twisting and/or blockage of the intestines, infection, and blood poisoning. These magnets were imported from China by HD Premier Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware. There have been four reports of children ingesting DigitDots who required surgery to remove the magnets. CPSC is also aware of other children and teenagers ingesting other company's high-powered magnets and requiring surgery. Two deaths have been linked to these types of products. In 2014, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule on hazardous buckyball-like magnets. … [Read more...]

Zen Magnets and Neoballs Magnets Recalled For Ingestion Hazard

Zen Magnets and Neoballs Magnets are being recalled for ingestion hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Zen Magnets LLC is aware of two children who ate the magnets and needed surgery to remove the magnets and parts of their intestines and bowels. CPSC is aware of more reports of children and teenagers ingesting high powered magnets and needing surgery. A 19-month girl died after ingesting similar high powered magnets, but not these particular products. When two or more of these magnets are swallowed, they can attract each other or another metal object and become lodged in the digestive system. This can cause perforations, twisting or blockage of the intestines, infection, blood poisoning, and death. In 2014, a rule was issued by CPSC¬†that magnet … [Read more...]

Anker Play Products 10-in-1 Incredible Inventions Kit Recalled For Lead

Anker Play Products 10-in-1 Incredible Inventions Science Kit is being recalled because it violates the federal lead paint ban. Paint on the blue and red magnet contains levels of lead that exceed the ban limits. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause health problems that range from developmental delays to hearing loss and learning difficulties. The product packaging also lacks the required warning labels for magnets and balloons, which can cause injury if swallowed. Balloons are inappropriate toys for any child under the age of eight, and for children under three, they pose a choking hazard. Swallowed magnets can damage the intestinal tract. About 13,000 of the recalled units were sold. The Anker Play Products 10-in-1 Incredible Inventions Science Kit was sold … [Read more...]

In Canada, Magnetics Spheres Recalled for Ingestion Hazard

Indigo Books & Music is voluntarily recalling powerful magnetic spheres and 4 x 4 magnetic squares that can be used to build sculptures and shapes because of a risk assessment conducted by Health Canada. The government has determined that the sets are a "danger to human health and safety because they contain small powerful magnets which can be easily swallowed or inhaled by children." Similar products have been recalled and banned in the United States. The tiny magnets do not pass through the digestive system. When more than one magnet is swallowed, they pinch together, create blockages in the GI tract, and can tear through intestinal walls, causing perforations. This can be life-threatening and can cause serious long-term health problems. There have no reports of consumer … [Read more...]

CSPC Issues Final Rule on Hazardous Buckyball-like Magnets

The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted on a final rule today to address hazards posed to children by high-powered magnets. The vote was 4-0 to issue the rule. These products are bb-shaped smooth balls or cubes, such as Buckyballs and other products, that connect with a powerful magnetic bond. Many of these high powered magnets were recalled in 2010. In November 2011, CPCS issued a safety warning to consumers about these products. Injuries were still occurring, even though the products were supposed to be sold only to children over the age of 14. CPSC negotiated voluntary plans with all but three of the magnet set importers. Two importers did not agree to stop selling the magnets and another resumed selling them; two of these companies later reached a settlement with CPSC. A … [Read more...]

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