Recall: Nanospheres Rare Earth Magnets, Magnetic Desk Toys
On 2013-01-31, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Nanospheres Rare Earth Magnets, Magnetic Desk Toys due to a potential internal injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in November 2010 for about $25 to $30.
About 4,000 units are involved in this Kringle Toys and Gifts desk toy recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 2nd recall of products in the Magnets & Magnetic Building Sets category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 12 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (888) 801-1649
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What is the problem?
If 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?
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.¬† Nanospheres is a mass of 231 small powerful magnets that are either silver, gold or black in color. Each magnet is about 5mm in diameter. The magnets come in a circular metal canister approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches tall with a black and blue label displaying the product name "Nanospheres."
These items were sold new+ at Amazon.com from November 2010 through December 2011 for about $25 to $30.
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 product and contact the company to arrange for return and a full refund.
Kringles Toys and Gifts toll-free at (888)801-1649 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or website www.kringlestoysandgifts.com/ and click on Product Recall for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received no reports of incidents or injury. 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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