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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. 

CPSC staff Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) briefing package,  October 18, 2021. 

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 NameSold ByCompany or Seller LocationMagnet Color and Shapee-commerce Sites
Wesun Magnetic CubeWesunChinaSilver CubeAmazon
Raleighsee Magnetic CubeRaleighseeChinaMulticolor SphereAmazon
Magnetic CubeLT-Five-aChinaSilver CubeAmazon
Miss Sang Magnetic BlockPangukaitianChinaMulticolor SphereAmazon
Magnetic BallsStanawaySoledad, CaliforniaSilver SphereAmazon
Rolytoy Magnetic CubeDNYCFChinaSilver CubeAmazon
Elf Queen Magnetic BlockFlirtatious QueenChinaSilver SphereAmazon
Ucslife Magnetic Cube Puzzle ToyTDSERChinaSilver CubeAmazon
Armadra Magnetic Cubes PuzzleArmadraChinaSilver CubeAmazon
Wybam Magnetic CubeXiyangyangChinaGreen SphereAmazon
Likee Upgraded 5mm 216 Pieces Magnets Sculpture Building Blocks Toys OsletChinaSilver SphereAmazon
Playmags Magna BallsToys 4 USA NY LLCBrooklyn, New YorkSilver SphereAmazon
Evermarket Magnetic Sculpture Puzzle ToyBargain-MoreChinaMulticolor SphereAmazon
Rainbean Magnetic CubeRainbeanChinaSilver CubeAmazon
Actoper Upgraded 5mm 512 Pcs + 6 Pcs Silver Magnets Sculpture Building Blocks ToysActoperdirectChinaSilver SphereAmazon
MagneBallsT&M MagneticsMiami, FloridaMulticolor SphereAmazon
Magnetic BallsIxir TechnologiesHackensack, New JerseyMulticolor SphereWalmart
Magic Magnetic BallGearBest.comChinaRed

Deal Extreme


5mm Magnetic BallsMiniinthebox.comChinaBlue


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)





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): email:; 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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