Consumer product recall

Design Ideas Recalls Magnets

Starting date:
April 14, 2014
Posting date:
April 14, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Physical Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Design Ideas® Rubber Ducky Magnets, Blowfish Magnets, and Splat Magnets

Product description

This recall involves miniature office and refrigerator magnets sold in the shape of a duck, blowfish and a splat. A small magnet is attached to the bottom of the brightly colored plastic objects which were sold in sets of four or six. Model number 3205121 (duck), 3205122 (blowfish) or 3205078 (splat) is printed on the bottom of the packaging. “Magnets” and the Design Ideas' logo are printed on the front of the package.

Hazard identified

The small magnets can easily detach from the product, posing an ingestion hazard to children. If a child swallows more than one magnet, the magnets can attract while travelling through the intestines, and cause blockages or holes in the intestinal walls.

The results of swallowing small powerful magnets can be very serious and life-threatening.  Swallowing incidents have often resulted in considerable damage to the gastrointestinal tissues and required emergency surgical treatment.  For survivors, there can be serious long-term health consequences.

Neither Design Ideas nor Health Canada has received reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these products.

For more information on the hazards of ingesting small magnets, see Health Canada's Facts for Hazards of Ingesting Small Magnets.

Number sold

Approximately 490 of the recalled magnets were sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from May 2007 to January 2014.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



Design Ideas, Ltd.




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What you should do

Consumers should stop using the recalled magnets immediately, place them out of reach of children and contact Design Ideas for a refund.

For more information consumers can contact Design Ideas by telephone at 1-800-426-6394 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday or online at Design Ideas' website and click on link “Safety Notices and Patents”.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.