Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces Recall of HD Premier DigitDots Magnets
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of HD Premier DigitDots magnets. On March 17, the CPSC shared news of the recall and a warning that these tiny, strong, rare-earth magnets are dangerous if swallowed. DigitDots can cause severe, life-threatening injuries.
If you or your child suffered injuries from DigitDots, call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP today.
What Products Are Part of This Recall?
The voluntary recall announcement on www.ilovedigitdots.com states, “All genuine 3mm and 5mm DigitDots Magnetic Ball have been recalled and are no longer for sale.”
The recall involves close to 120,000 sets of Premier DigitDots magnetic sets. The recalled items were sold online at www.ilovedigitdots.com on Amazon and other websites from March 2019 through January 2022. The price range for the recalled items is $20 to $30.
HD Premier’s recall includes 3mm DigitDots and 5mm DigitDots. The 5mm magnets come as a set of 222 silver balls or 224 multi-colored balls. The 3mm magnets come in sets of 512 multi-colored balls. The recalled items are sold in clear packaging and come with a plastic carrying case. Both of these display the name and logo “DigitDots” on them.
Why Are DigitDots Dangerous?
If two or more DigitDots are accidentally swallowed, the strong magnets can attach to each other or another piece of metal that might be in the victim’s body.
Once they attach, all types of problems can follow. Injuries from DigitDots can include:
- Perforations along the digestive tract
- Twisting of intestines
- Intestinal blockage
- Bowel blockage
- Blood poisoning
Surgery is often required to remove DigitDots from the body and repair the damage.
HD Premier has acknowledged that it knows of four children who swallowed DigitDots and required surgery to remove them.
CPSC claims that there are many additional reports of children and teens ingesting similar magnets (made by other companies) who required surgery. The CPSC states that it knows of at least two deaths related to ingesting small, high-powered magnets.
What Should You Do If Your Child Has HD Premier DigitDots Magnetic Balls?
Consumers should stop using these products immediately and take them away from children. HD Premier has information about returning the recalled products and receiving a refund on its website. You can access that information here https://ilovedigitdots.com/pages/recall-notice.
Small Magnetic Balls Have A Controversial History
The types of magnets recalled by HD Premier have a controversial history. The magnetic sets were originally marketed and sold to adults- as a way to exercise creativity at your desk or relieve stress. The colorful magnetic balls could be shaped into various forms and also provide a tactile experience that can ease anxiety and be very satisfying.
Unfortunately, the magnets were and are also attractive to children. They are shiny, colorful, and tiny – all the things kids love. Even teenagers, especially girls, found ways to enjoy these magnetic ball sets. Despite reports of children becoming severely injured because of swallowing the magnetic balls, they were all the rage.
The CPSC spent years warning the public about the dangers of small magnetic balls and negotiated with several toy manufacturers to place warnings on the products. The CPSC eventually implemented policies that essentially banned the sale of similar products. However, the US Court of Appeals overturned policies, paving the way for the re-introduction of rare-earth magnets into the marketplace.
Call Alonso Krangle, LLP If Recalled DigitDots Caused Injuries
Call Alonso Krangle, LLP today if HD Premier DigitDots magnetic balls injured you or your child. Once we hear the facts, we can determine if you are entitled to seek compensation from the manufacturer of this dangerous product.
Call our DigitDots recall lawyers at 800-403-6191 for your free case evaluation.