December 29 – The Relax 5mm Science Kit, Large Hematite Magnets Magnetic Stones Building Blocks created by Joybuy have been recalled after an investigation by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The magnetic balls are about the size of a marble and can connect together to form all sorts of different designs, but the power of the magnet is stronger than federally permitted and they pose a serious ingestion hazard.
If a child swallows a magnet, it could block intestines, cause infection and blood poisoning and could even result in death.
While no deaths have been reported from the Joybuy product, the CPSC says that between 2017 and 2021, 2,400 people were treated for swallowing magnets and seven people died.
Between February 2022 and April 2023, more than 4,200 of the Joybuy magnets have been sold. Anyone who has purchased one can contact the company for a prepaid label to return the toy for a full refund.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “This warning also is in conjunction with warnings about these, what are called resellers, think of these resellers on Amazon, that were selling things like scooters and these hoverboards that maybe weren’t coming directly from the manufacturer that have lithium batteries in that have proven to be fire hazards and there was a warning sent out about that. If you’ve bought one of those from a reseller you really need to examine the batteries. This kit that you’re describing, with these magnetic balls, from what I’ve heard and what I’ve read is a very prevalent, common popular toy that was on the market this year that likely is in a lot of households around this area and around the country.”
For more information from the CPSC about the magnetic balls, click here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2024/High-Powered-Magnetic-Balls-Recalled-Due-to-Ingestion-Hazard-Sold-Exclusively-on-Walmart-com-through-Joybuy
For information from the CPSC about the hoverboards, click here: https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/CPSC-Hoverboard-Safety-Alert.pdf
Barkdoll said, “I think some of the recommendations on these products are to either send them back and if that’s not an option, it may be in your best interest just to get rid of them don’t even take the risk of keeping them in the house.”