• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: They Foster Imagination

    Magnetic construction toys allow a child to use his imagination. He can use these toys to build a number of things, including accessories for his other toys. Magnetic construction toys also promote sharing and teamwork, as multiple children may use them at once.

    On the Other: They are Safety Hazards

    There have been several incidents of serious injury and even one death after children swallowed magnetic construction toy pieces. The magnets can attach to one another inside the body, causing intestinal twisting or blockage. The construction pieces are also choking and aspiration safety hazards. These incidents prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, to issue massive magnetic construction toy recalls in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

    Bottom Line

    Although a major manufacturer says the toys' post-recall design has undergone rigorous safety testing, parents should still be cautious. Only parents whose children are all at least 6 years old and do not put things in their mouths should consider purchasing magnetic construction toys.


    CPSC Recall Information

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