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Magnetix Recall - Real risk of serious injury or death

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

A recall of Magnetix building sets has been expanded after more children swallowed the tiny magnets in them and were seriously injured.

In March 2006, Mega Brands Inc. recalled nearly 4 million building sets after a child died and four others were seriously injured from swallowing the magnets. One death, one aspiration, and 27 intestinal injuries are known to be caused by the magnets.

The expanded recall includes all sets except Magnetix sets sold since March 31, 2006. Attraction of magnets in the body may cause serious injury and require immediate medical care."

If two or more magnets are swallowed, they can attach to one another and cause intestinal perforation, infection, or blockage, which can be fatal.