Consumer product recall

Magnetic Maze Boards by Lakeshore Learning

Starting date:
August 26, 2010
Posting date:
August 26, 2010
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Childrens' Products, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
General Public (GP)
Identification number:

Affected products

Magnetic Maze Boards by Lakeshore Learning

Product description

This recall involves wooden magnetic maze boards by Lakeshore Learning. The wooden board has clear plastic that covers small wooden or plastic pieces located inside a maze. A plastic wand containing a powerful magnet in its tip is used to move the maze pieces around the board. The wand is attached to the board by a cord.

Recalled maze boards include:

  • Who's Hiding in the Garden?
  • Who's Hiding in the Ocean?
  • Magnetic Counting Maze
  • Magnetic Alphabet Maze
  • My Community magnetic board

Hazard identified

The plastic wand can separate and release the small, powerful magnet tip, posing ingestion and choking hazards 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 can be very serious and even fatal.

Lakeshore Learning has received ten reports of the wands separating and magnets detaching, with no reported injuries.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of the recalled products.

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

Number sold

In Canada, approximately 480 units of the recalled toys were sold through the Wintergreen Learning Materials catalogue and online store.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from January 2009 to May 2010 in Canada.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



Lakeshore Learning Materials





Wintergreen Learning Materials



Tel: 1-800-268-1268

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Wintergreen Learning Materials to receive a free replacement product. If you suspect that your child has swallowed a magnet, contact a medical professional immediately.

For more information, consumers may contact Wintergreen Learning Materials at 1-800-268-1268 between 8 AM and 4:30 PM PT Monday through Friday, or visit the Wintergreen website.