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Toys R Us Recalls High-Powered Magnet Sets Due to Ingestion Hazards

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Recall Date: April 15, 2013

Recall Number: 13-732

Recall Summary

Name of product: Buckyballs high-powered magnet sets

Hazard: When two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside a child’s intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.

Remedy: Refund

Consumer Contact: Call Toys R Us, at (800) 869-7787 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET on Sundays, or online at www.toysrus.com, then click on About Us, then select “Safety” at the top of the page, and then “Click here” under Product Recalls.

Recall Details

Units: About 60

Description: This recall involves high-powered magnets sets with the brand name Buckyballs. The sets contain 216 silver-colored, spherical rare earth magnets, each about five millimeters in diameter.

Incidents/Injuries: Toys R Us has received no reports of injuries. CPSC has received 54 reports of incidents involving children ingesting high-powered magnets resulting in 53 reports of medical intervention.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled high-powered magnet sets immediately, take all associated individual magnets away from children and teenagers and contact Toys R Us as listed above for a full refund. Toys R Us will contact each purchasing customer directly to coordinate the recall. Returns of the magnet sets will not be accepted in stores.

Sold at: ToysRUs.com and retailers nationwide from November 2010 through July 2012 for about $40.

Importer: Maxfield & Oberton LLC

Manufactured in: China

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