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MAGNETISM & Toy Recalls

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 at 3:42 pm in Toy Recalls.

Recalled magnetic blocks We hadn’t heard too much about intestine-piercing toy magnets of late, but they’re back in the headlines this afternoon. The Consumer Product Safety Commission just recalled 125,000 of these Magnabild Magnetic Building System, because magnets can fall out, posing a serious health risk for small children. Swallow two or more magnets, and they migrate through the body (and through organ walls) to find each other.

Hey, we saw that “Grey’s Anatomy” episode, and it was really gory. (It also affirmed our undying devotion to Miranda Bailey, but that’s another topic.) And by some strange coincidence, that episode is on TV tomorrow night so if you’d like a graphic representation of what happens when you swallow magnets — or sleep with your married best friend, with whom you have no romantic chemistry — it’s 9 p.m. on ABC-TV. Meanwhile, check your toy box.

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