|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 370-1827
Jazwares Inc. Recalls Link-N-Lite Magnetic Puzzles, 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: Link-N-Lite Magnetic Light-Up Puzzles
Units: About 30,000
Importer: Jazwares, Inc. of Sunrise, Fla.
Hazard: Small magnets used to connect the puzzle pieces can fall out. 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 perforation or blockage, which can be fatal.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received reports of nine incidents where magnets became loose from these puzzles. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled Link-N-Lite Magnetic Light-Up Puzzle, which is a double-sided plastic magnetic puzzle for ages 3 and up, has two designs. The Disney-brand puzzle shows the Disney Princesses on the front and Ariel, from The Little Mermaid, on the back. The Marvel-brand puzzle shows "Spider-Man & Friends" on both sides. Each puzzle measures 8 inches by 10.5 inches, contains nine pieces with four or six magnets per piece, and lights-up when all pieces are in place. A 9-volt battery is placed in the center bottom piece that contains a battery case.
Sold at: Target and Kohl's stores nationwide and on Amazon.com from June 2006 through January 2007 for about $15.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the puzzles and contact Jazwares for a free replacement toy that does not contain magnets.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Jazwares Inc. at (800) 370-1827 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Jazwares' Web site at www.jazwares.com
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