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Walmart recalls children’s toy due to choking risk

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  • Walmart recalls children’s toy.
  • It’s a cube made of small magnetic balls.
  • It poses a choking risk for young children.

Walmart has recalled a popular children’s toy due to concerns about choking.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the recall order for the Relax 5mm Science Kit.

This set includes a cube made up of small magnetic balls.

The retailer, in cooperation with the CPSC, has advised consumers to return or discontinue use of the product.

Walmart recalls children’s toy magnetic-ball kits

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Exclusively available on Walmart’s website, the toy has sparked an urgent warning for parents. They are urged to immediately take the toy away from their children and contact Joybuy.

The company will provide a prepaid label to facilitate the return of recalled products and will issue a full refund.

The magnetic-ball kits were sold between February 2022 and April 2023.

Parents are strongly urged to ensure that their children no longer have access to the toy whose small balls pose a serious choking hazard.

The CPSC created new safety standards for small magnets

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Last year, the commission approved a new safety standard for small magnets.

Regulations ensure that these types of toys must be too large to be swallowed and the magnet must be weak enough to reduce the risk of internal injury if ingested.

According to the CPSC, these magnets have dimensions that allow them to fit into the cylinder used by the commission to simulate the width of a child’s throat.

Small magnets have proven to be extremely dangerous for young children

Walmart recalls children’s toy: The dangers of small magnets to children

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These extremely strong magnets can attract each other or metals in the digestive system if ingested by a child.

This could cause «perforations, twisting and/or blockage of the intestines, infection, blood poisoning, and death.»

The intense magnetic attraction of these objects significantly increases the risks associated with ingestion.

This underscores the critical need to keep them out of the reach of children

Injuries caused by magnets

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During the period between 2017 and 2021, hospital emergency departments treated approximately 2,400 cases of magnet ingestion.

The CPSC also has information on seven deaths linked to ingesting risky magnets, including two that occurred outside the United States.

These data highlight the magnitude of the problem and underscore the need to actively address the risks associated with exposure to these types of magnets.

The commission thus seeks to raise awareness about the seriousness of the situation and the importance of implementing preventive measures to safeguard children’s health.

Other toy recalls

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According to the Irish Star, in December, some other children’s toys were recalled in the United States over safety concerns.

The recalled products include the Litti City Premier Doctor Teacher Play and Bag Set, as well as the Litti Pritti Stylist Handbag Set and Prextex Slime Eggs.

This reflects urgency of guaranteeing children’s safety by identifying possible risks associated with these specific toys.

The recall highlights the importance of addressing risks of children’s products, reaffirming the commitment to consumer safety in the toy market.

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