According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lakeshore Learning Materials of Carson, CA has released a recall for one of their products. This is a voluntary recall that was released August 26, 2010.
What is being recalled?
Approximately 18,500 magnetic maze boards have been recalled.
What’s the problem?
The plastic wand can separate from the magnetic maze board. If this happens, the magnet can be exposed and children could choke on it. In the event that a child has multiple magnetic maze boards and swallows more than one magnet, they could attach to each other. This could lead to blockages or perforations in the intestine, and that can be deadly. So far, the company has been alerted to ten incidents where the wands have separated and the magnets have detached. As of the release date, no one had been hurt.
Which specific toys are involved in this recall?
This recall is for wooden magnetic maze boards. They have a wooden base with a clear plastic sheet that covers the game pieces that make up the maze. A cord keeps a magnetic-tipped plastic wand attached to the board. Children use the wand to move the game pieces inside the maze. The name of the maze is printed across the top of the board. The names of the mazes that are involved in this recall are: “Who’s Hiding in the Garden?,” “Who’s Hiding in the Ocean,” “Magnetic Counting Maze,” “Magnetic Alphabet Board,” and “My Community Magnetic Board.” The maze boards were manufactured in China and sold in the US at Lakeshore Learning Materials stores nationwide. They were also sold in the company’s catalogs and on their website www.lakeshorelearning.com. They were sold from January 2009 through May 2010 in sets and individually for $30 to $40.
What do I do now?
If you have one or more of these magnetic maze boards, take it away from children immediately. Contact Lakeshore at (800) 428-4414 for your free replacement product.
If you have been injured by this product, or you know of any other potential hazards caused by it, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is interested in hazards posed by all products, not just this one. Call them at (800) 638-2772 if you know of another product that is potentially dangerous or has caused injuries.