Product Recall: Take-Apart Townhouse Toys

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Toys

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Small World Toys have announced a voluntary recall of IQ Preschool Take-Apart Townhouse toys.

The small magnets connecting the wooden pieces to the townhouse can fall out and be swallowed or aspirated by children. If a child should swallow more than one magnet, they can attract each other and result in intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.

There have two reports of the magnets coming loose, but so far no injuries have been reported.

The wooden toys are shaped like houses and measure 8.5" high by about 4.5 inches wide. There are nine pieces that children can disassemble and reassemble. The houses have a green chimney and a blue and yellow striped pillar with a purple base. The sides of the house are made up of four removable panels in different shapes with red knobs for pulling the panels off.

On the side of the house, below the blue and green rectangular panel, the words "IQ Preschool" appear. The model number on the packaging is 2408808.

About 8,800 of these toys were sold nationwide through retailers and catalogs for about $21 from December 2004 to February 2007.

If you have own one of these toys, you should stop using it immediately and contact the Small World Toys company for a free replacement product. You can reach them by calling (800) 421-4153 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, by visiting their Web site, or emailing them at: townhouserecall@smallworldtoys.com.


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