|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2008
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 Product||Model #|| ||Name of Product||Model #
|Magtastik Starter Set
||40 Piece Tub
|Magtastik Deluxe Set
||Deluxe New Starter Set
||Starter Set – New Parts
||Magnimals – Monkey
||Magnimals – Dog
||Magnimals – Dinosaur
|Jumbo 24 Piece Bag
||Mag Mobile Assortment
|12 Piece Mag Bag
||Magnimals Pet Set
||Magnimals Bonus Pack
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.
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