Feds target toy magnets with new regulations

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing new requirements to protect young children from swallowing toy magnets, the agency said Thursday.

Magnet sets marketed as children's toys present an "unreasonable risk of injury and death," the commission said.

"Magnet sets are aggregations of separable magnetic objects ... such as puzzle working, sculpture building, mental stimulation, or stress relief," CPSC wrote in the Federal Register.


The CPSC has received about 100 reports of children ingesting these magnets since 2009 when toy magnet sets like Buckyballs first hit the market.

This can cause serious health problems for young children. When they swallow two or more magnets, they can pull together in their stomach, pinching organs, health professionals say.

The new regulations are intended to protect children from swallowing these magnets. 

The new rules go into effect in six months.