December 21, 1999
Release # 00-038
Company Phone Number: (800) 615-3111
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC, Safari Ltd. Announce Recall of Magnet Games

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Safari Ltd., of Miami, Fla., is recalling about 21,000 magnet games. Paint on the magnets metal figures contains amounts of lead that exceed federal standards for children's products. Prolonged exposure to high levels of lead presents a lead poisoning hazard to young children.

CPSC and Safari Ltd. are not aware of any injuries involving these products. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The magnet games are made up of a black round base, measuring 2.5 inches in diameter, that is magnetic with about 60 small, multi-colored metal figures in the shape of butterflies, frogs or fish. "Made in Taiwan" is imprinted into the black base. Each unit is packaged in a triangle- shaped box with the following identification: Magnetic Butterfly Rainbow Item No. 6652-16, Magnetic Frog Fantasy - Item No. 6653-16, and Magnetic Coral Reef Collage - Item No. 6654-16. The boxes also are labeled in part: "Ages 7 to 70...SAFARI...MADE IN TAIWAN".

Small toy and gift stores nationwide sold these magnets from January 1999 through November 1999 for about $6.

Consumers should immediately remove the metal figures from the magnetic base and discard them. Consumers should call Safari Ltd. for replacement metal figures at (800) 615-3111 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Picture of Magnet Games