Hazard: Magnet Ingestion
Recall Date: 2008-03-17
Recall: 4252 – 08223
Description: MEGA Brands Recalls Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-School Magnetic Toys; Ingested Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2008 Release #08-223 Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 779-7122 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908 MEGA Brands Recalls Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-School Magnetic Toys; Ingested Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-school Magnetic Toys Units: About 1.1 million Distributor: MEGA Brands America Inc., of Livingston, N.J. Hazard: Magnets in the small flexible parts of the animals, vehicles and building sets can detach. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal. Incidents/Injuries: MEGA Brands and CPSC have received 19 reports of magnets coming loose, including one report of a 3-year-old boy receiving medical treatment to remove a magnet from his nasal cavity and one report of an 18-month-old boy with a magnet in his mouth, which was not swallowed. Description: The Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-school Magnetic Toys include small flexible parts embedded with magnets that allow the parts to connect to large, colored metal balls. Name of Product Model # Name of Product Model # Magtastik Starter Set 427 40 Piece Tub 468 Magtastik Deluxe Set 428 Deluxe New Starter Set 467 Primary 429 Wonder Coaster 465 Primary Starter 431 Starter Set – New Parts 496 Car 434 Magnimals – Monkey 424 Helicopter 435 Magnimals – Dog 425 Fun Pack 448 Magnimals – Dinosaur 426 Jumbo 24 Piece Bag 456 Magnimals Assortment 423 Round Bag 461 Mag Mobile Assortment 433 12 Piece Mag Bag 462 Magnimals Pet Set 436 Target Bucket 466 Magnimals Bonus Pack 446 Easter Pack 469 The model number is printed on the front of the product’s packaging. Sold at: Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us, K-Mart and other toy stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2007 for between $10 and $40. Manufactured in: China Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled toys immediately and return them to MEGA Brands for a free replacement toy. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact MEGA Brands at (800) 779-7122 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.megabrands.com Consumers can also view a video clip (transcript) about this recall. This is in “streaming video” format.
U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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|The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals –contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.
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