Consumer product recall

Imagine+ recalls Buckyballs magnet sets

Starting date:
August 24, 2018
Posting date:
August 24, 2018
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Household Items, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Buckyballs magnet sets

Product description

This recall involves Buckyballs magnet sets which are small, powerful, rare earth magnetic balls that can be used to build sculptures, puzzles, patterns, shapes, etc. The recall includes Buckyballs magnetic building sets that were available in various colours including purple, silver, red, blue and black.

Buckyballs magnet sets were previously recalled in 2013.

Hazard identified

Health Canada has determined that these magnet sets are a danger to human health and safety because they contain small powerful magnets which can be easily swallowed or inhaled by children. Unlike other small objects that would be more likely to pass normally through the digestive system if swallowed, when more than one small powerful magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract one another while travelling through the digestive system. The magnets can then pinch together and create a blockage and slowly tear though the intestinal walls, causing perforations.

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 long-term health consequences.

As of August 13, 2018, Imagine+ has received no reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these products in Canada.

Visit the Health Canada Advisory for related information on magnet sets.

Number sold

Approximately 31 units of the recalled products were sold in Canada at Imagine+.

Time period sold

The recalled magnet sets were sold from June 2018 to August 2018.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Maxfield and Oberton Holdings LLC
New York
New York
Magpole Technology Co. Ltd.

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled magnet sets and may return the magnet sets to Imagine+ for a full refund with proof of purchase.

For more information, consumers may contact Imagine+ by telephone at (780) 705-7587, from Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. MST and on Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MST.

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.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.