Recently, various magnetic toys have been discovered to have defects making them unsafe for children to play with. In many cases, quality and safety checks failed to detect these magnetic toy defects prior to the products’ sale. As a result, several magnetic toy recalls had to be issued to remove the unsafe toys from the market.

Recalled magnetic toys are extremely dangerous and may cause serious or life-threatening injuries. If a child swallows two or more magnets, or a magnet and another metal object, they can attract to one another through intestinal walls. This traps the magnets in place and can cause serious injuries. When multiple magnets are ingested, surgery is required to remove the magnets, and sometimes, sections of the intestines must be removed. Injuries that children may suffer from recalled magnetic toys include:

  • holes (perforations) in the intestines
  • intestinal twisting and/or blockage
  • infection
  • blood poisoning (sepsis)
  • death

Mattel Magnetic Toy Recall

On November 21, 2006, Mattel Inc. issued a recall on 4.4 million Polly Pocket magnetic toys after the CPSC reported that three children were hospitalized with serious injuries from swallowing tiny magnets that fell off the recalled magnetic toys. Additionally, on August 14, 2007, Mattel Inc. issued recalls for millions of other magnetic toy sets.

According to the recall notices, the magnets contained in the magnetic toy sets, which measure 1/8 of an inch in diameter and are embedded in the hands and feet, plastic clothing, and accessories of the magnetic toys, can come loose. Among the magnetic toys included in the recalls are 7.3 million Polly Pocket Play Sets, 1 million Doggie Day Care Play Sets, 683,000 Barbie and Tanner Play Sets, and 345,000 Batman and One Piece Action toys.

MEGA Brands Magnetix Magnetic Toy Recall

In March 2006, one death and four serious injuries led to the recall of 3.8 million Magnetix building sets. Like the recalled Mattel magnetic toys, the magnets inside the defective Magnetix toys can fall out and be swallowed or aspirated. Since the recall, MEGA Brands has implemented design enhancements to Magnetix toys to correct the magnetic toy defect.  Now, the recalled magnetic toys are completely pulled from shelves and only improved products are being sold in stores.

Magnetic Toy Recall Lawyers

If your child has been seriously injured by a recalled or defective magnetic children’s toy, our experienced child safety lawyers can answer your legal questions. In addition, our child safety lawyers can help you seek compensation for your injuries. For example, you may be entitled to compensation for

  • medical bills
  • future medical care costs
  • pain and suffering
  • loss of income 

Contact Our Experienced Magnetic Toy Recall Lawyers Today!

Published November 17, 2011 by