Toy - magnetic maze board recall

Magnetic Maze Boards by Lakeshore Learning recalled

On August 26 2010 Health Canada recalled wooden magnetic maze boards by Lakeshore Learning. This wooden board has clear plastic that covers small plastic or wooden pieces inside a maze. A plastic wand is used to move the maze pieces around the board. The want has a powerful magnet in its tip. This wand is attached to the board by a cord.

The maze boards that are included in the recall are:

  • Who's Hiding in the Garden?
  • Who's Hiding in the Ocean?
  • Magnetic Counting Maze
  • Magnetic Alphabet Board
  • My Community Magnetic Board

What is the danger?

The plastic wand can come apart. This will release the small, powerful magnet tip. A child could eat it which is a choking hazard. If that child swallows more than one magnet, the magnets can attract while travelling through the intestines. This can cause blockages or holes in the intestinal walls. The results can be very serious and even fatal.

Lakeshore Learning has received 10 reports of the wands separating and magnets detaching, with no reported injuries. At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of the recalled products.

What do I do?

You should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Wintergreen Learning Materials to receive a free replacement product. If you suspect that your child has swallowed a magnet, contact a medical professional immediately.

For more information, you may contact Wintergreen Learning Materials at 1-800-268-1268 between 8AM and 4:30PM PT Monday through Friday, or visit the Wintergreen Learning Materials website.

Canada had approximately 480 units of the recalled toys sold through the Wintergreen Learning Materials catalogue and online store. The recalled items were sold from January 2009 to May 2010. These units were manufactured in China and Lakeshore Learning Materials of Carson, California. They recalled products were distributed by Wintergreen Learning Materials of Bradford, Ontario.