Monday, January 28, 2008

Horseshoe magnets recalled due to lead paint

Over 150,000 horseshoe magnets sold for use in science classrooms between 1995 and 2007 have been recalled. The red paint used to coat their bodies is unacceptably high in lead content.

The magnets were manufactured in India and imported by United Scientific, Inc. United Scientific is a supplier to independent distributors. No distributors are named in the recall notice from the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission.

See the CPSC notice for full details, including sizes and model numbers.

Please pass this notice on to your colleagues in elementary schools, where most of these magnets probably wound up.

And hey, these lead-coated magnets only been out in classrooms for 13 years. Am I out of line to say, "Way to go, CPSC!" and not be entirely sincere?


Anonymous said...

Darn...I always enjoyed playing with those things...
We might even have a few still?

Dean Baird said...

I've never been a big fan of the horseshoe magnets. I like bar magnets and an occasional rare-earth magnet.