Saturday, April 08, 2006
This arived in my email box last night:
Greetings from Amazon.com and Toysrus.com. We have recently learned that Rose Art Industries Inc. is voluntarily recalling all Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets. It has been determined that the tiny magnets inside the plastic building pieces and rods can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. Our records indicate that you have purchased a Magnetix Magnetic Building set through the co-branded Amazon.com / Toysrus.com web site and are therefore affected by this recall. At this time, Rose Art Industries Inc. asks consumers to stop using the magnetic sets and return the sets to Rose Art for a free replacement product suitable for young children under the age of six. Consumers should keep all small magnet parts out of the hands of children who mouth objects, especially children under the age of three. Rose Art can be contacted by calling (800) 779-7122 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or by visiting Rose Art's web site at www.roseart.com. You may find additional details about the recall in the CPSC bulletin at: CPSC News Bit... click here
I'm a bit baffled by the whole thing. First, you can STILL purchase Magnetix from Amazon.com. Check it out:
Click here to buy toys that will cause your children to choke and possibly aspirate.
Second, it's recommended for kids ages 8 and older. WHY would they send me a similar product suitable for children ages 6 and under?!?! My kids are 8.5 and 11. Obviously I am a responsible parent and wouldn't be buying my children toys that I didn't think were safe and suitable to their ages. I'm not about to send back their sets of Magnetix (and they have a few between the two of them) because I'm worried that they are going to choke. I would like to think that my children are smarter than that (although Mr. Man eats paper.. maybe I should worry).
I think it's great that Rose Art is taking charge here before this situation gets ugly. I just think it's a bit ridiculous to offer a replacement that isn't age suitable. Do I feel bad for the family's of the children who have been hurt? Yes I do. But 3.8 million units is a lot of recalling.
It says right here in the information from the recall:
Hazard: Tiny magnets inside the plastic building pieces and rods can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. This product is unsuitable for young children.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC is aware of 34 incidents involving small magnets, including one death and four serious injuries. A 20-month-old boy died after he swallowed magnets that twisted his small intestine and created a blockage. Three children ages ranging from 3 to 8 had intestinal perforations that required surgery and hospitalization in intensive care. A 5-year-old child aspirated two magnets that were surgically removed from his lung.
Common sense people. Common sense.