I started this blog about a year ago, trying my best to keep an updated list of recalled products related to children’s products. So imagine my shock and surprise when I noticed an item I had purchased a couple of years earlier was on the CPSC’s Most Wanted list. Sad thing is, I had never heard of the recall, and still wouldn’t have any idea the toy was recalled if I hadn’t visited the site. This is the first time I’ve ever had to deal with a recalled item, so I thought I’d record my experience with it.
The recalled item in question is MEGA Brands Megtastik Starter Set. The press release information for the item is below.
Name of Product: Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-school Magnetic Toys
Units: About 1.1 million
Distributor: MEGA Brands America Inc., of Livingston, N.J.
Hazard: Magnets in the small flexible parts of the animals, vehicles and building sets can detach. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.
Incidents/Injuries: MEGA Brands and CPSC have received 19 reports of magnets coming loose, including one report of a 3-year-old boy receiving medical treatment to remove a magnet from his nasal cavity and one report of an 18-month-old boy with a magnet in his mouth, which was not swallowed.
Description: The Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-school Magnetic Toys include small flexible parts embedded with magnets that allow the parts to connect to large, colored metal balls.
Name of Product Model # Name of Product Model # Magtastik Starter Set 427 40 Piece Tub 468 Magtastik Deluxe Set 428 Deluxe New Starter Set 467 Primary 429 Wonder Coaster 465 Primary Starter 431 Starter Set – New Parts 496 Car 434 Magnimals – Monkey 424 Helicopter 435 Magnimals – Dog 425 Fun Pack 448 Magnimals – Dinosaur 426 Jumbo 24 Piece Bag 456 Magnimals Assortment 423 Round Bag 461 Mag Mobile Assortment 433 12 Piece Mag Bag 462 Magnimals Pet Set 436 Target Bucket 466 Magnimals Bonus Pack 446 Easter Pack 469
The model number is printed on the front of the product’s packaging.
Sold at: Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us, K-Mart and other toy stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2007 for between $10 and $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled toys immediately and return them to MEGA Brands for a free replacement toy.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact MEGA Brands at (800) 779-7122 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.megabrands.com