Since 2006, there have been three recalls of magnetic toys made by Mega Brands America, Inc., formerly known as Rose Art Industries. The recalls involve their magnetic toys known as Megtastik and Magnetix. These are building toys which use magnets to allow the parts to connect to each other through large, colored metal balls. These magnetic toys have a risk that the magnets can detach. Young children can swallow the magnets causing much harm. Once swallowed, the magnets can cause blockages of the intestines and can perforate the intestines, particularly whe the powerful magnets attract to one another. If swallowed, these magnets present a risk of serious harm, including death inot treated immediately.
Just a week ago, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that the manufacturer of these magnetic toys, Mega Brands, will pay a fine of $1.1 million dollars to settle allegations that the company failed to provide the government timely information about the dangers to children associated with using these magnetic toys, as required by federal law.
Mega Brands is urging consumers to stop using these toy sets immediately. Consumers can look at this notice to determine if their child’s toy set is one that has been recalled. The sets in question include the Magtastik, Magnetix Jr and Magnimal Building systems.