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PlayMaty Recalls Magnetic Building Block Sets

Starting date:
November 9, 2017
Posting date:
November 9, 2017
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

PlayMaty Magnetic Building Blocks Toy 100 Piece and PlayMaty 282pcs Red and White 3D Ball

Product description

This recall involves magnetic toy sets that come with either 100 pieces or 282 pieces. The sets contain steel balls and plastic rods with embedded high powered magnets. The rods are 2.65cm long and the balls have a diameter of 1.25cm.

The following products are included in this recall:
ASIN* Model Pieces Rod Colour
B01F6ZPDBY Building Block Set 100 Yellow, Blue, Green, Red
B06XTJYDVW 3D Ball 282 Red, White

*ASIN stands for Amazon Standard Identification Number

Hazard identified

PlayMaty is voluntarily recalling these products from the market in response to Health Canada's product testing.

Testing shows that these sets contain small powerful magnets which can be swallowed or inhaled by children. Unlike other small objects that would be more likely to pass normally through the digestive system if swallowed, when more than one small powerful magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract one another while travelling through the digestive system. The magnets can then pinch together and create a blockage and slowly tear through the intestinal walls, causing perforations.

The results of swallowing small powerful magnets can be very serious and life-threatening. Swallowing incidents have often resulted in considerable damage to the gastrointestinal tissues and required emergency surgical treatment. For survivors, there can be serious long-term health consequences.

For more information on the danger of swallowing magnets, please see Magnets.
As of October 31, the company has received no reports of incidents in Canada, and no reports of injuries.

Number sold

Approximately 878 units of the 100 piece set and 3 units of the 282 piece set were sold exclusively on

Time period sold

The 100 piece set was sold from July 2016 to October 2017.
The 282 piece set was sold from March 2017 to October 2017.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Quanzhou Gougoushou E-commerce Company Ltd.

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the magnetic toy sets and contact PlayMaty to return the product.

For more information, contact PlayMaty at 865-958-216-6796 Sunday to Thursday 5:00pm to 2:00pm PST  or email

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.