Friday, May 23, 2008

American Scientific Recalls Magnets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Magnets

Units: About 87,000

Importer: American Scientific LLC, of Columbus, Ohio

Hazard: Surface paint on the magnets can contain high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves horseshoe, rectangular bar and U-shaped magnets sold primarily to schools for use in science classes. The magnets have red and blue paint on the surface of the magnet. Item numbers included in the recall are:

Item Number: Description (Sizes)

3101-01, 02, 20: Bar-shaped Steel (75mm x 12mm x 5mm, 100mm x 12mm x 5mm, 150mm x 19mm x 7mm, 200mm, 150mm X 15mm X 10mm)

3102-01, 02, 03, 04: Horseshoe-shaped Steel (50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 150mm)

3106-04, 06: Pair of Bar-shaped Aluminum/Nickel/Cobalt (100mm X 10mm X 7mm, 150mm X 19mm X 7mm)

3108-01: Horseshoe-shaped Aluminum/Nickel/Cobalt

3126-06: Pair of Economy, Bar-shaped Aluminum/Nickel/Cobalt

AR-110: U-shaped (3.5 inches)

N38 (3126-07): Bar-shaped (37mm)

The item numbers are located on the product's packaging.

Sold to: Independent distributors nationwide from October 2006 through February 2008 for between $1 and $4.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these products and contact American Scientific to receive a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact American Scientific toll-free at (866) 518-1665 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail the firm at, or visit the firm's Web site at

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