The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation with Kipp Brothers of Carmel, Indiana, today announced a voluntary recall about 800 Mag Stix Magnetic Building Sets. The small magnets inside the plastic sticks can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. The CPSC has received one report of an 8-year-old girl who was hospitalized after swallowing loose magnets. Extensive surgery was required to remove the magnets and repair intestinal perforations. The recalled Mag Stix sets contain 24 pieces including, 12 1-inch sticks, four 2.25-inch sticks, and eight metal balls. The sticks are yellow, green, blue and rust-colored. "Item No. 40330 Made in China" and UPC number 7 7704 40330 1 are printed on the packaging.They were sold between September 2005 through March 2006 for about $3.
Consumers should immediately take these recalled toys away fromchildren and contact Kipp Brothers for instructions on returning the product for a full refund (including shipping). For additional information, call Kipp Brothers at 800-428-1153 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit http://www.kipptoys.com/