Recall: Magnet Balls Manipulative Magnet Sets
On 2013-01-31, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Magnet Balls Manipulative Magnet Sets due to a potential internal injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in August 2010 for about $20.
About 100,000 units are involved in this SCS Direct magnet set recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Magnets & Magnetic Building Sets category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 14 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (888) 749-1387
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What is the problem?
When two or more magnets are swallowed, 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.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves all Magnet Balls The Original and Rainbow Bright interactive magnet sets sold in a cylindrical silver tin. Each puzzle set contains 216 spherical high-powered magnets that are 5mm in diameter. The magnets were sold in silver and multi-color sets.
These items were sold new+ at Amazon.com from August 2010 through May 2012 for about $20.
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 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. Consumers can also email the firm at email@example.com.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
No incidents or injuries have been reported to SCS Direct. CPSC has received 80 reports of incidents involving ingestion of other high powered magnets, resulting in 79 reports seeking medical intervention.
+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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