Friday, May 23, 2008

United 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: Various magnets

Units: About 2.35 million

Importer: United Scientific, of Waukegan, Ill.

Hazard: Surface paint on the magnets contains high levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves magnets listed in the chart below. The model numbers are located on the magnets packaging. Only painted magnets are included in this recall.

Sold by: Independent distributors nationwide from October 1996 through September 2007 for between 50 cents and $15. Distributors sold the products to schools for use in science classes.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled magnets and contact United Scientific to receive a free replacement magnet.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact United Scientific toll-free at (888) 284-8570 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or email the firm at

Model Number (Number of Magnets in Package): Description

MGTKIT (4): 3 red ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm, 1 four inch red horseshoe magnet

MSET4 (4): 2 red bar magnets 80x15x10mm, 1 small red horseshoe magnet 25mm x 8mm, 1 large red horseshoe magnet 35mm x 15 mm

CBM050 (2): Red bar magnet pair 50mm

CM7907-R (1): ceramic ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm

CM7907-B (blue) (1): ceramic ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm

CM7907-W (white) (1): ceramic ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm

CM7907-PK/2 (red or blue) (1): ceramic ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm

CM7912-R (2): Red ceramic disc magnet 25mm x 5 mm

MBSET6 (6): 75mm long, scored in two places like a candy bar, sold in six different colors

AUM020 (1): Red 2 inch U-shaped magnets

AUM025 (1): Red 1 inch U-shaped magnets

ACM020 (1): Pair of red cylindrical magnets 50mm x 5 mm

ACM050 (2): Pair of red cylindrical magnets 125mm x 10mm

ABM030 (2): Pair of red and blue bar magnets with North (N) & South (S) Poles marked. 3 inches long x 1/2 inch wide

ABM015-E, ABM020, ABM040, ABM060, ABM040, ABM060, ABM010, ABM015 (2): Red bar magnets, lengths range from 1 1/2 inches to 6 inches, some have N & S marking

MNSB04 (1): 4 inch magnetic needle on plastic support. One end of needle is painted red.

MHS020 (1): Red U-shaped magnet, two inches tall

MHS030 (1): Red U-shaped magnet, three inches tall

CMSET1 (6): Ceramic disc magnets, 25mm x 5 mm, sold in six different colors

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