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Magnetix Toys Still Being Sold Despite Recalls And Lawsuits

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The continued presence of dangerous Magnetix toys on store shelves despite two recalls has led to serious injuries to children, and lawsuits against MEGA Brands, Rose Arts and toy store retailers carrying Magnetix toys, a New York Times story reports today.

Bowel perforation injuries from magnet ingestion have often occurred because the symptoms are nonspecific and not recognized until the injury has become much greater. The powerful, rare earth magnets used in these toys attach to each other after ingestion, often perforating the gastrointestinal tract in doing so.

Last November I posted about Mattel’s recall of its Polly Pocket toys.

I also posted about the April, 2007 Consumer Product Safety Commission’s stronger warning to parents about the dangers of Magnetix toys in the wake of 33 reported case of children requiring surgery after swallowing loose magetic toy pieces.

Here is the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s advice about the dangers from these magnetix toys:

Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect your child may have swallowed a magnet.
Look for non-specific abdominal symptoms – abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, etc.
Note that objects in x-rays may appear as a single object that could actually be multiple magnetic pieces separated by trapped intestinal walls.
Keep small magnets and small pieces containing magnets away from young children who might mistakenly, or intentionally, swallow them.
Look out for loose magnetic pieces; regularly inspect toys and children’s play areas for missing or dislodged magnets.
Check www.cpsc.gov to make sure your children’s magnetic toys are not recalled products.

As the NewYork Times story reveals, these magnetic toys are great sellers, and although Mega Brand claims that there have been some design changes that have made newly manufactured products safer, it is clear that many recalled toys remain on shelves, and many more remain in consumers’ homes. So we will see more injuries, surgeries and lawsuits seeking compensation for the horrible injuries that these defective and unreasonably dangerous products cause.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.