December 11, 2012 — The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary worldwide recall of DynoCube, a high-powered magnet toy sold by Reiss Innovations, due to ingestion hazards. Each product contains 216 small, high-powered, silver, spherical magnets that are about 5-mm in diameter. They are very similar to Buckyballs, which the CPSC recalled a few months ago.
The problem with desktop magnet toys is that it is very easy to lose a few of the magnets and not notice any are missing. Young children who discover the shiny magnets on the ground are highly likely to put them in their mouth and swallow them. Normally, when young children swallow small toys, the toys pass through the intestines without causing problems. However, it the magnets stick together inside the child’s intestines or stomach, this could potentially cause intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis, and death. Many children have required abdominal surgery to remove the magnets. The internal injuries could potentially cause lifelong health problems.
The CPSC has received 80 reports of children who swallowed the magnet toys, including 79 incidents that required medical intervention.
The company sold about 500 units on DynoCube.com and Amazon.com. The products were sold from July 2011 until April 2012 for about $20.
The recall is just the latest in an ongoing campaign against desktop magnet toys. Most recently, the CPSC recalled Buckyballs, which are very similar to the Reiss Innovations products. The CPSC has also recalled several other products that contain small, high-powered magnets that can easily fall out of a toy and pose a swallowing hazard.
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