MEGA Brands Recalls Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-School Magnetic Toys; Ingested Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards

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 ProductModel # Name of ProductModel #
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.

Picture of Recalled  Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-school Magnetic Toys