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Magnets

High-powered magnets are a safety risk to children — toddler through teen. Injuries due to ingestion and inhalation are increasing, serious and sometimes fatal.

When two or more magnets are swallowed, they attract each other internally. Many incidents have resulted in surgeries to remove the magnets. When a magnet has to be removed surgically, it also can require repairing the child's damaged stomach and intestines.

If you suspect magnets have been swallowed:

• Seek immediate medical attention

• Medical symptoms to watch for are: abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

• In X-rays, multiple magnetic pieces may appear as a single object.

These high-powered magnets are not the magnets off your grandfather's refrigerator door. They are up to eight times stronger than magnets that are used in toys.

Attention: Magnet Sets Final Rule Vacated by Federal Court; Removed from Code of Federal Regulations. Please see Federal Register Notice for more Information. 

Commission staff published an informational briefing package on magnet sets in June 2020. 

Notices of Magnet Violations

CPSC issues a Notice of Violation (NOV) when it determines a company has violated a mandatory standard. The NOV advises the company of the violation and specifies the appropriate corrective action.
The chart below shows notice violations to companies that marketed their magnetic balls and cubes to children in violation of federal safety standards for toys and recalls.

Product Name

Sold By

Company or Seller Location

Magnet Color and Shape

e-commerce Sites

Wesun Magnetic Cube

Wesun

China

Silver Cube

Amazon

Raleighsee Magnetic Cube

Raleighsee

China

Multicolor Sphere

Amazon

Magnetic Cube

LT-Five-a

China

Silver Cube

Amazon

Miss Sang Magnetic Block

Pangukaitian

China

Multicolor Sphere

Amazon

Magnetic Balls

Stanaway

Soledad, California

Silver Sphere

Amazon

Rolytoy Magnetic Cube

DNYCF

China

Silver Cube

Amazon

Elf Queen Magnetic Block

Flirtatious Queen

China

Silver Sphere

Amazon

Ucslife Magnetic Cube Puzzle Toy

TDSER

China

Silver Cube

Amazon

Armadra Magnetic Cubes Puzzle

Armadra

China

Silver Cube

Amazon

Wybam Magnetic Cube

Xiyangyang

China

Green Sphere

Amazon

Likee Upgraded 5mm 216 Pieces Magnets Sculpture Building Blocks Toys 

Oslet

China

Silver Sphere

Amazon

Playmags Magna Balls

Toys 4 USA NY LLC

Brooklyn, New York

Silver Sphere

Amazon

Evermarket Magnetic Sculpture Puzzle Toy

Bargain-More

China

Multicolor Sphere

Amazon

Rainbean Magnetic Cube

Rainbean

China

Silver Cube

Amazon

Actoper Upgraded 5mm 512 Pcs + 6 Pcs Silver Magnets Sculpture Building Blocks Toys

Actoperdirect

China

Silver Sphere

Amazon

MagneBalls

T&M Magnetics

Miami, Florida

Multicolor Sphere

Amazon

Magnetic Balls

Ixir Technologies

Hackensack, New Jersey

Multicolor Sphere

Walmart

Magic Magnetic Ball

GearBest.com

China

Red Sphere

GearBest.com

6mm MAGNET PUZZLE GADGET

Deal Extreme

(dx.com)

China

Silver Sphere

dx.com

5mm Magnetic Balls

Miniinthebox.com

China

Blue Sphere

Miniinthebox.com

 


Recalls and News

 

Zen Magnets and Neoballs Magnets Recalled Due to Ingestion Hazard (Aug. 17, 2021)

Ingestion of High-Powered Magnetic Balls and Magnetic Cubes Poses Serious Risk of Severe Internal Injury or Death in Children and Teens (Aug. 17, 2021)

Star Networks USA Recalls Magnicubes (Aug. 4, 2014)

High Powered Magnet Balls Recalled by SCS Direct (Jan. 31, 2013)

Buckyballs and Buckycubes Refunds Now Available (July 17, 2014)

Kringles Toys and Gifts Recalls High Powered Magnets (Jan. 31, 2013)

CPSC Sues Star Networks USA Over Hazardous, High-Powered Magnetic Balls and Cubes (Dec. 19, 2012)

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Magnet Sets (Sept. 4, 2012)

CPSC Sues Zen Magnets Over Hazardous, High-Powered Magnetic Balls (Aug. 6, 2012)

CPSC Sues Maxfield & Oberton Over Hazardous Buckyballs, Buckycubes (July 25, 2012)

CPSC Warns High-Powered Magnets and Children Make a Deadly Mix (Nov. 10, 2011)

 


 

 

Regulations

CPSC accepted the industry ASTM F963 manufacturing standard as a mandatory toy standard in February 2012. The mandatory standard took effect June 12, 2012.


Where can I find additional information?

For more information, please contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  1. Office of Compliance (for specific enforcement inquires): e-mail: section15@cpsc.gov; telephone: (800) 638-2772.
  2. Small Business Ombudsman (for general assistance understanding and complying with CPSC regulations): e-mail: Please use our Contact Form, which is the best way to get a fast response; telephone: (888) 531-9070.
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