Product Recalls: Two Brands Of High-Powered Magnet Toys


We have two new recalls for you today – both involving high powered magnet toys.

The first involves Nanospheres Magnentic Desk Toys, which look very similar to last year’s recall of Dynocube’s magnets.

The hazard: If two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside a child’s intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects. The magnets come in a circular metal canister approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches tall with a black and blue label displaying the product name “Nanospheres.”

They were sold on Amazon from November 2010 through December 2011 for about $25 to $30.

Consumers should contact the company for a refund.  Kringles Toys and Gifts toll-free at (888) 801-1649 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  M-F or e-mail

The second recall also involves high powered magnets.  (See photo below)  Magnet Balls® Manipulative Magnet Sets are also recalling more than 100,000 units of their toys/desk novelties.

This recall involves all Magnet Balls® The Original and Rainbow Bright interactive magnet sets sold in a cylindrical silver tin. Each puzzle set contains 216 spherical high-powered magnets that are 5mm in diameter. The magnets were sold in silver and multi-color sets.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled magnets and contact SCS Direct for instructions on returning the product for a $20 store credit.  SCS Direct; toll-free at (888) 749-1387, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers can also email the firm at


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