In the latest major toy recall, Mega Brands and the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission recalled about 2.4 million toys with small magnets because
of concerns that the magnet could fall off and seriously injure children
if they swallowed or inhaled the small pieces.
Included in the voluntary MEGA Brands recall are 1.3 million MagnaMan Magnetic Toy Figures because the toys have small magnets that can come off. The magnets attach the body parts of each figure together.
While no injuries have been reported so far, the toymaker and the CPSC have reported 25 incidents of the magnet pieces falling off. Toy model numbers affected by the recall are available on theCPSC Web site.
MEGA Brands is also recalling 1.1 million Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-school Magnetic Toys. There have so far been 19 reported incidents of small magnet pieces falling off the toys.
One 18-month child reportedly put a magnet in his mouth but did not swallow it. A 3-year-old boy needed medical care to remove the magnet that got stuck in his nose.
This is not the first recall for MEGA Brands. In March 2006, MEGA Brands recalled 3.8 million magnetic building sets after four children were seriously injured and another child died because all of them had swallowed small magnet pieces.
In its second magnet toy-related recall since January, Battat Inc. recalled approximately 7,000 more toys with magnets. There have been 16 reports of magnets falling off the building pieces of Battat Magnabild Magnetic Building Toys or Sets.
Magnets can be very dangerous if swallowed or ingested—especially if more than one magnet enters the human body. Intestinal perforations or blocks can occur when two or more magnets come together and can result in serious injuries or deaths.
Our products liability lawyers handle many toy injury cases for children and their families. We are committed to helping you obtain compensation for the harm and trauma that your son or daughter has suffered at the hands of a dangerous or defective toy.
2.4M toys recalled because tiny magnets can fall out, USA Today, March 15, 2008
Battat Recalls Additional Magnetic Construction Sets; Ingested Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards, CPSC.gov, March 13, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Swallowed Magnets Attract Trouble in Boy’s Intestines, ABC News, February 5, 2008
Toy Magnets Attract Sales, and Suits, New York Times, July 15, 2008
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