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What’s the Problem?
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission , this recall affects 3mm and 5mm DigitDots Magnetic Balls which are small, spherical, loose, and separable neodymium rare-earth magnets with a strong magnetic flux.
“When two or more high-powered magnets are swallowed, either intentionally by younger children or accidentally by older children, the ingested magnets can attract to each other, or to another metal object, and become lodged in the digestive system,” CPSC said. “This can result in perforations, twisting and/or blockage of the intestines, infection, blood poisoning and death. HD Premier is aware of four children who have ingested DigitDots and required surgery to remove the magnets. In addition, CPSC is aware of other reports of children and teenagers ingesting other companies’ high-powered magnets and requiring surgery, including two deaths.”
The recalled DigitDots are sold in two sizes: 3mm and 5mm. The 3mm diameter magnets are sold as aggregated loose magnets in sets of 512 multi-colored magnetic balls. The 5mm diameter magnets are sold as aggregated loose magnets in sets of 222 silver magnetic balls or 224 multi-colored magnetic balls.
The recalled DigitDots were sold encased in clear, disposable packaging bearing the “DigitDots” name and logo and included a plastic carrying case, also bearing the “DigitDots” name and logo.
Affected products were sold online from March 2019 through January 2022 for between $20 and $30, CPSC said.
If you purchased any DigitDots Magnetic Balls that are affected by this recall, you should take them away from children and contact HD Premier to receive a pre-paid label to return the recalled products. Upon receipt of the products, consumers will receive a refund.
This recall began on March 17, 2022.
The CPSC Recall Number for this item is 22-101.
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New Safety Standards for High-Powered Magnets
In October 2022, a new safety standard for high-powered magnets went into effect which applies to novelty desk toys that have multiple loose magnets or magnets that can be separated.
The magnets in these products must now be too large for children to swallow or have weaker magnetic fields to reduce the risk of internal injuries when ingested, according to the CPSC.
In 2021 alone, there were an estimated 2,500 magnet ingestions treated in emergency departments associated with products that are now included in the new safety standard.
The federal rule does not apply to toys for children under 14 years old, because they are already part of CPSC mandatory toy standards.
Despite the new standard, you should be aware that there are still some toys with high-powered magnets on the market and in many homes.
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Do I Have a DigitDots Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in DigitDots Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If your child or other loved one has been injured by DigitDots Magnetic Balls, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.