Recall: Children can swallow Amazon.com exclusive magnets

Published On: Feb 02 2013 03:04:28 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 02 2013 03:42:20 AM EST

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Magnet Balls® Manipulative Magnet Sets

STRATFORD, Conn. -

An Amazon.com exclusive product is being recalled because of a possible health risk to children.

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, SCS Direct Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 106,000 Magnet Balls Manipulative Magnet Sets.

The recall involves all Magnet Balls The Original and Rainbow bright interactive magnet sets sold in a cylindrical silver tin.  These products were manufactured in China.  Each puzzle set contains 216 spherical high-powered magnets that are 5mm in diameter.

The products were sold exclusively on Amazon.com from August 2010 through May 2012 for about $20.

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.

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 treatment.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled magnets and contact SCS Direct for instructions on returning the product for a $20 credit.

SCS Direct can be reached 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 recall@scsdirectinc.com.

Also being recalled are about 4,200 Nanospheres Magnetic Desk Toys Sets from Kringle Toys and Gifts.  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 are sold in a circular metal container about 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches tall with a black and blue label displaying the product name "Nanospheres."

Nanospheres were sold on Amazon.com from November 2010 through December 2011 for about $25 to $30. 

For a full refund, contact Kringles Toys and Gifts toll-free at (888) 801-1649 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at customerservice@kringlestoysandgifts.com, or online at www.kringlestoysandgifts.com.

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