Teachers, homeschool parents, and parents who purchase educational toys for children should be aware of a new recall issued on May 7. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on their website the recall of the Excellerations™ magnetic color sorting board sold through DiscountSchoolSupply.com.
The Excellerations™ magnetic color sorting board is a toddler and preschool level toy that encourages children to sort items by color. A wooden board, much like those used in toddler puzzles, has colorful cupcake cut-outs that serve as the collection bin for small, colored balls. The magnetic wand attached to the toy is used to move the colored balls along a path under a plastic cover. Children then release the wand, dropping balls into the cupcakes of matching color.
The recall has been issued due to the magnet in the wand becoming detached and the plywood back cracking and releasing the small metal balls. The balls present a choking hazard and possible internal injury due to the ingestion of a magnet. Furthermore, there is a potential lead paint poisoning hazard due to the surface paint of the metal balls containing levels of lead that exceed acceptable federal standards.
While no injuries have been reported, Discount School Supply has been informed of two instances of the magnet detaching from the wand and six instances of the plywood cracking and thereby releasing the small metal balls. This is a voluntary recall to avoid injury.
Approximately 3,700 units are affected by this recall. The product is identified by the Excellerations™ logo on the lower right corner and six large cupcake cut-outs on the board. The product was sold through DiscountSchoolSupply.com from January 2013 through March 2014.
The $36 purchase price will be refunded when consumers call 800-338-4430 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday. Parents and teachers can find more information by visiting www.DiscountSchoolSupply.com and clicking the “Safety Information” tab.