Recalls this week: magnetic boards, bicycles

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm •  Published: May 9, 2014

A line of magnetic boards with the goal of teaching children colors and sorting skills is being recalled because small metal balls pose a choking hazard and contain a potentially dangerous amount of lead. Other products recalled this week include faulty lanterns and bicycles.

Here's a more detailed look:

CHILDREN'S MAGNETIC BOARDS

DETAILS: Excellerations magnetic color sorting boards with cupcake cut-outs that are used to teach color and sorting to young children. The recalled sorting board is made of plywood and is 16 inches wide and 12 inches high and has the Excellerations name and logo on the front in the bottom right corner. A clear plastic cover is attached to the board by rivets and a 4-inch long wand with a magnet in one end is attached to the top of the board by a 13.5-inch plastic cord. The face of the board has one jar-shaped cut-out and six cupcake-shaped cut-outs that are colored red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple. Beneath the cover are about 60 multi-colored metal balls, each 1 centimeter in diameter. The boards were sold at Discountschoolsupply.com from January 2013 through March 2014.

WHY: The magnet in the wand can detach and the plywood backing can crack and release small metal balls that are sandwiched between the board and a clear plastic cover. These pose choking and serious internal injury risks associated with ingestion of a magnet and metal ball. The surface paint on the metal balls contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint standard.

INCIDENTS: Six reports of the plywood backing cracking and making the small metal balls accessible to children, and two reports of the magnet detaching from the wand. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 3,700.

FOR MORE: Call Discount School Supply at 800-338-4430 or visit www.discountschoolsupply.com, and click on "Safety Information" for more information.

BICYCLES

DETAILS: 2014 Cannondale Tandem Bicycles, road 1, road 2 and 29 tandem. The road 1 and 29 tandem bicycles were sold in black with white graphics and the road 2 was sold in white with red and black graphics. "Cannondale" and "T1" or "T2" are printed on the aluminum frame bicycle. The 29 model is a mountain bike with 29-inch wheels and a 29 graphic decal affixed to the frame. They were sold at authorized Cannondale dealers from October 2013 to December 2013.

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