Lakeshore Learning magnetic maze boards recalled

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Lakeshore Learning maze recallLakeshore Learning Materials is recalling the company's magnetic maze boards due to choking, intestinal and aspiration hazards -- which are potentially fatal, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Consumers are urged to immediately prevent their children from playing with any Lakeshore magnetic maze boards.


According to the CSPC, the magnetic maze board's plastic wand can separate, exposing a magnet that may present a choking hazard to children. If a child owns two or more of these toys, and the magnets detach and are swallowed, the magnets may attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.

Lakeshore has received 10 reports of wands separating and magnets detaching. No injuries have been reported.

The wooden magnetic maze boards are enclosed with a clear plastic sheet that covers small wooden or plastic pieces located inside a maze. A plastic wand containing a magnet in its tip is attached to the board by a cord, which is used to move items inside the maze.

The top of the magnetic maze boards reads as follows:
  • Who's Hiding in the Garden?
  • Who's Hiding in the Ocean?
  • Magnetic Counting Maze
  • Magnetic Alphabet Board
  • My Community Magnetic Board
The magnetic maze boards were sold at Lakeshore Learning Materials stores nationwide, through its catalogs and online at www.lakeshorelearning.com from January 2009 through May 2010. The toys were sold alone or in sets for between $30 and $40. Approximately, 18,500 of the Chinese-made learning toys are in circulation.

Consumers should take this toy away from their children and contact Lakeshore to receive a free replacement product. Consumers can contact Lakeshore Learning Materials at (800) 428-4414 weekdays between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time.

CPSC is interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Consumers are asked to contact the CSPC with any information by visiting the CSPC Consumer Product Incident Report page on its website.
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