Feds cite jewelry seller after it refuses to recall children’s bracelets

CPSC issued a Notice of Violation to the seller of children's jewelry after it refused a recall - CPSC

CPSC says the magnetic jewelry can be swallowed

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a consumer alert for Reflections Neodymium Magnetic Bracelets and heart-shaped magnets because the loose, hazardous magnets pose a risk of serious injury or death if ingested by children.

The agency is warning consumers to immediately stop using the products and dispose of them in a safe manner.

CPSC issued a Notice of Violation to the seller, Reflections of California, and the online website photomagnets.com, but the firm has not agreed to recall these magnetic bracelets and heart-shaped magnets or offer a remedy to consumers.

CPSC said its testing determined the magnetic bracelets, and the heart-shaped magnets that were included as a gift, do not comply with the requirements of the mandatory federal magnet regulation because they contain one or more magnets that fit within CPSC's small parts cylinder and the magnets are stronger than permitted.

Dangerous if ingested

When high-powered magnets are swallowed, the ingested magnets can attract to each other, or to another metal object, and become lodged in the digestive system. This can result in perforations, twisting and/or blockage of the intestines, infection, blood poisoning and death.

CPSC estimates 2,400 magnet ingestions were treated in hospital emergency departments from 2017 through 2021. CPSC is aware of seven deaths since 2005 involving the ingestion of hazardous magnets, including two outside of the United States.

The neodymium magnetic bracelets are sold online at www.photomagnets.com for about $25. The bracelets are sold as seven-inch bracelets in gold, silver, or chrome, and are sold in a clear plastic bag. The heart-shaped magnets that accompany the bracelets are gold-colored and in a plastic bag. 

Consumers are urged to report any incidents involving injury or product defect to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov.

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