The day after Thanksgiving marks the official start to the holiday shopping season and many parents will be shopping for toys. But for now WBKO wants to tell you about a recall.i>
Four-point-four million Polly Pocket magnetic play sets are being recalled by Mattel, after three children swallowed tiny magnets. The recall is for sets sold nationwide from May 2003 through September of this year.
For young children, the appeal of Polly Pocket play sets is the toy’s miniature scale, and built-in magnets. Kids can quickly snap on accessories, but the toys can be dangerous if the magnets snap off.
“These toys have small magnets that can fall out and if ingested, can cause serious harm to children,” said Nancy Nord of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Mattel is recalling 4.4 million play sets due to three children swallowing the tiny magnets and suffered intestinal perforations. All three needed surgery.
“New technology has made magnets smaller yet stronger. This can make the toy very appealing. Parents need to be aware, if swallowed, magnets can be deadly,” Nord said.
That’s exactly what happened to toddler Kenny Sweet. The 20-month-old swallowed several magnets from a Magnetix building set. They gathered in his small intestine, and he died.
Mother, Penny Sweet said, “It’s so difficult to go to sleep and wake up in the morning and go through the day without him,” mother Penny Sweet said. Magnetix building sets were recalled in March.
The Mattel Polly Pocket recall does not include any play set currently being sold. Consumers must contact Mattel directly to return the toys and receive a voucher for a new product. For more information on the recall, log onto service.mattel.com.