Consumer product recall

Tradeopia Corp. recalls Magnodots Magnet Sets

Starting date:
October 9, 2013
Posting date:
October 9, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Physical Hazard, Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-36109

Affected products

Magnodots Magnet Sets

Product description

This recall involves small powerful magnetic balls that can be used to build sculptures, puzzles, patterns, or shapes. The following magnet set models are affected:

  • Magnodots Original 125
  • Magnodots Original 216
  • Magnodots Black 125
  • Magnodots Black 216
  • Magnodots Silver 125
  • Magnodots Silver 216
  • Magnodots Gold 125
  • Magnodots Gold 216
  • Magnocubes Original 216

They are available in a range of shapes, sizes and colours.

Hazard identified

Tradeopia Corp. is voluntarily recalling these products from the market in response to a risk assessment conducted by Health Canada.

The risk assessment on these magnet sets has informed Health Canada’s determination that they 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 through 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 serious long-term health consequences.

For more information on the danger or swallowing magnets, please see Magnets.

Number sold

Approximately 10,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from April 2011 to April 2013.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Manufacturer

Dong Yang Ltd.

CHINA

Importer

Tradeopia Corp.

North York

Ontario

CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should stop using the recalled magnets sets immediately and contact their municipality for instructions on how to dispose of or recycle the recalled products.

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.