On March 17, 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and MEGA Brands America, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of approximately 1.3 million MagnaMan magnetic toy action figures for a potential choking hazard, as well as a magnetic hazard. The small magnets inside of the action figures can detach and be swallowed by young children. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets may attract each other and cause intestinal perforations, blockages, and even death.
The recalled toys include the MagnaMan Magnetic toy figures in the “Futuristic Warrior” or “Ancient Warrior” styles. Recalled models and model numbers include:
- Alien (green), #28170
- Robotor (red), #281
- Flame (orange), #28172
- Gigantor (blue), #28173
- Toyoto the Samurai (purple), #28164
- Sir Lancelot the Knight (gray), #28165
- Eric the Viking (blue), #28166
- Brutus the Gladiator (yellow), #28167
- Robot Assortment, #28198
- Vac Metal, #28327
- 4-Pack, #28175
- 3-Pack, #28393
- 2-Pack, #28392
- Vac Metal Assortment, #28327
- Assortment, #28254 or #28199
The company has received 25 reports of the magnets coming loose from the figures. The toys were sold nationwide at stores including Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us, K-Mart, and others from January 2005 through December 2007.
Consumers are asked to stop using the products immediately and return them to MEGA Brands for a free replacement toy.