Recall: Discount School Supply Magnetic Color Sorting Board
On 2014-05-07, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Discount School Supply Magnetic Color Sorting Board due to a potential lead poisoning, choking and serious internal injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2013 for about $36.
About 4,000 units are involved in this Discount School Supply magnetic sorting board recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Board Games & Other Games category in 2014.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 2 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 338-4430
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What is the problem?
The magnet in the wand can detach and the plywood backing can crack and release small metal balls that are sandwiched between the board and a clear plastic cover. These pose choking and serious internal injury risks associated with ingestion of a magnet and metal ball. The surface paint on the metal balls contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint standard.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves Excellerations magnetic color sorting boards with cupcake cut-outs that are used to teach color and sorting to young children. The recalled sorting board is made of plywood and is 16 inches wide and 12 inches high and has the Excellerations(TM) name and logo on the front in the bottom right corner. A clear plastic cover is attached to the board by rivets and a 4-inch long wand with a magnet in one end is attached to the top of the board by a 13.5-inch plastic cord. The face of the board has one jar-shaped cut-out and six cupcake-shaped cut-outs that are colored red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple. Beneath the cover are about 60 multi-colored metal balls, each 1 centimeter in diameter. Children use the wand to move the balls around the board through channels from the jar to the cupcakes.
These items were sold new+ at Discountschoolsupply.com from January 2013 through March 2014 for about $36.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop children from using the recalled board, put it out of their reach and sight, and contact the company for a full refund.
Discount School Supply at (800) 338-4430 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.discountschoolsupply.com, and click on "Safety Information" for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Discount School Supply has received six reports of the plywood backing cracking and making the small metal balls accessible to children, and two reports of the magnet detaching from the wand. No injuries have been reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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