May 22, 2008
Release #08-284

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 518-1665

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: Magnets

Units: About 87,000

Importer: American Scientific LLC, of Columbus, Ohio

Hazard: Surface paint on the magnets can contain high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves horseshoe, rectangular bar and U-shaped magnets sold primarily to schools for use in science classes. The magnets have red and blue paint on the surface of the magnet. Item numbers included in the recall are:

Item NumberDescriptionSizes
3101 - 01, 02, 03, 33, 90 Bar-shaped Steel 75mm x 12mm x 5mm,
100mm x 12mm x 5mm,
150mm x 19mm x 7mm,
150mm X 15mm X 10mm
3102-01, 02, 03, 04 Horseshoe-shaped Steel 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 150mm
3106-04, 06 Pair of Bar-shaped
100mm X 10mm X 7mm,
150mm X 19mm X 7mm
3108-01 Horseshoe-shaped
3126-06 Pair of Economy, Bar-shaped
AR-110 U-shaped 3.5 inches
N38 (3126-07) Bar-shaped 37mm
3111 - 00, 01 Ring-shaped  
3116 - 00 Set of three, Ring-shaped  
7221 - 40 U-shaped
2" x 2"
7221 - 60 Pair of Horseshoe-shaped

The item numbers are located on the product's packaging.

Sold to: Independent distributors nationwide from October 2006 through February 2008 for between $1 and $4.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these products and contact American Scientific to receive a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact American Scientific toll-free at (866) 518-1665 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail the firm at, or visit the firm's Web site at


Picture of Recalled Magnets