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CPSC warns consumers about high-power magnetics in toy sets after a history of injuries and deaths from these products

Magnets Colorful One Recall Six WarningsHigh-powered magnets are dangerous to kids.

About 2,400 cases of magnets being ingested were treated in hospital emergency departments from 2017 through 2021, reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Seven deaths occurred, including two outside of the United States.

When high-powered magnets are swallowed, they can attach to each other, or another metal object, and lodge in the digestive system. This can result in perforations, twisting and/or blockage of the intestines, infection, blood poisoning, and death.

Testing by the agency determined that seven products don’t comply with the requirements of the mandatory federal toy regulation because they contain one or more magnets that fit within CPSC’s small parts cylinder (which is the width of a child’s throat), and the magnets are stronger than permitted.

Most of these magnetics are colorful and sold in a clear plastic case. However, the magnets in one were used inside the rim of the balloon to seal in the water.

The CPSC urges consumers to stop using the products immediately, take them away from children, and dispose of them.

One recall

The CPSC issued a recall on Thursday for 728 units of XpressGoods’ Colorful Metal Neodymium Magic Magnetic Balls. Consumers can contact the company and request a prepaid label to return the recalled item for a refund or store credit.

Six warnings issued

The CPSC issued a notice of violation to the sellers of the following products who haven’t agreed to recall or to offer a remedy to consumers:

Carrara Magnetic Ball Sets

Sold by MXN Commerce Inc., of South Korea, doing business as, the multi-colored magnetic ball sets were sold online at for about $23.

Ming Tai Trade’s Magnetic Ball Sets

The sets of 216 multi-colored magnetic balls, sold by Ming Tai Trade, of China, were sold online at in May 2023 for between $10 and $25. 

Magic QQ’s Mixed Color Magnetic Ball Sets

The 216-piece sets of mixed color magnetic balls were sold online at from February 2023 through May 2023 for between $10 and $26.

Sunny House’s Mixed Color Magnetic Ball Sets

The 125-piece sets, sold by Sunny House, of China, were sold online at from April 2023 through May 2023 for between $8 and $19. 

Allvre’s Magnetic Ball Sets

The 216-piece sets, sold by Allvre, of China, were sold online at from April 2023 through May 2023 for between $9 and $27.

SplishSplashFun’s SplishSplash Balls Reusable Water Balloons

The balloons can be filled with water and they have magnets inside the round rims to seal water inside. Sold in packs of six, the multicolored water balloons were sold online at in April 2023 for between $25 and $36. 

So beware of these high-powered, rare earth magnets. They’re very dangerous to children shouldn’t be seen as toys.


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