December 11, 2012 — In an ongoing campaign against magnet toys, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing a recall of DynoCube, a high-powered desktop magnet toy sold by Reiss Innovations. The problem is that young children can be seriously injured or killed if they swallow the magnets. Each product contains 216 silver, spherical magnets about 5 millimeters in diameter.
The CPSC has received 80 reports of children swallowing magnet toys, including 79 reports of children who required medical intervention.
The problem with the desktop magnet toys is that they often contain hundreds of small magnets, making it very easy to lose a few without noticing. The shiny toys are also very interesting for young children and teenagers, who may put the magnets in their mouths and accidentally swallow them.
Children swallow small, non-food objects all the time, and it isn’t usually an emergency. However, the problem with magnets is that they can attach to each other inside the child’s stomach or intestines. This could potentially cause an intestinal obstruction, perforation, sepsis, and even death. Abdominal surgery is often necessary to remove the magnets once they get trapped in the gastrointestinal system. Children who survive may suffer lifelong digestive problems.
Approximately 500 DynoCubes were sold on Amazon.com and DynoCube.com from July 2011 until April 2012 for $20.
The products are very similar to Buckyballs, another high-powered desktop magnet toy that the CPSC recalled several months ago. The agency has also recalled other toys that contain magnets that could easily fall out, get lost, and be ingested by small children.
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