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Toy Magnets Linked to 7 Deaths and 2,400 Hospitalizations

metal-2003494_640-e1703982936536Recently, federal safety regulators asked consumers to stop buying and using magnetic toy ball sets for their children’s use. These magnetic balls have now been associated with hundreds of serious injuries as well as 7 fatalities, 5 of them within the U.S. When swallowed, these toys magnets may attract to each other, which can result in intestinal blockages, blood poisoning and perforations of critical organs. If your child was injured or killed by magnetic toy balls, you should call the seasoned Chicago-product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group. Billions have been recovered in cases with which we’ve been involved.

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Six notices about the magnetic toy ball sets have been issued. Once swallowed, toy magnets may attract to one another and cause severe injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has identified 6 children’s toys that don’t comply with safety regulations because they include magnets that are small enough to be consumed by a child. There were 2400 ER hospitalizations from 2017–2021 involving people who ingested toy magnets.

One of the companies implicated, Xpressgoods.com, has agreed to issue a recall of 728 units of a magnetic ball set manufactured in China. Customers have been advised to return them for a full refund or store credit. However, other manufacturers based in China and South Korea haven’t agreed to offer remedies to consumers. The toy magnetic balls in questions are Magic QQ 216-Piece Mixed Color Magnetic Ball Sets, Ming Tai Trade’s 216-piece 5mm Magnetic Ball Sets, Sunny House 125-Piece 5mm mixed Color Magnet Ball Sets, Allvre 216-Piece 5mm Magnetic Ball Sets, Carrara Magnetic Ball Sets sold by myKmarket.com.

For years, U.S. regulators have tried to stop sales of magnetic toys, but while there has been some success, a threat continues with the CPSC trying, not always successfully, to stop foreign retailers from selling magnetic balls on Amazon and Walmart online stores. The CPSC can work towards removal of listings, it does not have the power to make foreign companies issue recalls.

It may be appropriate to pursue damages in a product liability lawsuit from a party within the manufacturing chain if you child was injured or killed by toy magnets. Product liability lawsuits may be filed in connection with manufacturing, design, or marketing defects. Generally manufacturing defects occur only in one batch or unit of a toy. Design defects, on the other hand, exist in all units of the product. In this case, it’s likely that a case can be made for design defects. Marketing defects occur in a range of situations, but most commonly when warnings are inadequate to the risk being warned of. There may be marketing defects in the toy magnets.

If your child was injured or killed as a result of toy magnetics, you should discuss your injuries and what happened with the seasoned Chicago-based product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group to see whether it’s possible to sue for damages. We represent injured plaintiffs across the country. Complete our online form or call us at 312.462.1700.


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