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Massive Recall of Magnetic Toys in US

SC is deeply concerned about the dangers that small, powerful magnets can pose to children if swallowed,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “In order for any product recall to be effective in protecting consumers, we must significantly reduce incidents and injuries from occurring after the recall is announced."

These older sets, which were manufactured in China, contain up to 250 plastic building pieces and 1/2-inch diameter steel balls. The building pieces include 1 1/2-inch squares, 1-inch triangles, cylinder rods, flexors, connectors, x-tenders, and curves and come in an assortment of colors such as metallic, primary, translucent, and glow in the dark. Consumers should stop using the recalled magnetic sets immediately and contact Mega Brands for a comparable replacement toy.

The CPSC is also urging consumers to immediately report any incidents of loose magnets to the CPSC Hotline.

Mega Brands spokesman Alex Radmanovich said the company was not going to quibble with consumers over whether they bought the product within the recall period. "If you've got this product in the home and you feel uncomfortable, please call us," he said.

But while the CPSC said that the expanded recall includes an additional 4 million sets, making a total of about 7.8 million, Radmanovich, says even with the expanded recall the total number of sets covered is about 4 million.

As the number of toys with magnets increases, so is the number of serious injuries to children.

Within the past year, the CPSC has conducted five recalls with more than eight million products containing magnets that could come loose and fall out of the product. In the fall of 2006, the CPSC alerted parents to the emerging hazard of magnets. Even so, children continue to be treated in emergency rooms across the country for complications due to ingesting magnets or toy components with magnets.

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