American big-box store and manufacturer of useful household items, Target, has issued a massive recall for thousands of magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe games due to choking and other hazards presented by the magnetic pieces should they be swallowed. The recall is for stores across the nation and was issued on March 29.
Target says the Magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe board games in question, which number almost 19,000 and were sold between December 2016 and February 2017, pose a particularly nasty hazard to children who might be inclined to eating the brightly colored magnetic pieces. Both WPEC and WHEC report that if they are consumed, choking is not the only issue a person might face.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), if two or more of the pieces are swallowed, the magnets are powerful enough to cause the pieces to link together inside of a person. If the pieces link, they could clamp down on body tissues or interrupt intestines causing sepsis or, worst case, death.
While no injuries have been reported at this time, the commission insists that these magnets be removed from stores and homes with children. The magnets can cause significant internal injuries or pose serious lifelong health issues.
The recall was conducted quickly and voluntarily by Target.
According to the CPSC recall page, the 10-inch by 10-inch plywood board was manufactured in China and imported exclusively by Target. Reports have been received by Target of magnets falling off the game pieces. Target issued the recall over the concern that the nine "X" and "heart" shaped game pieces -- or the magnets attached to them -- are appealing and very dangerous to children.
To identify if your board is one of the recalled toys, check for the model number "234-25-1089" in the bottom right corner.
Anyone who purchased a game can return it to any Target store for a full refund, or exchange it for something else.
To contact Target for a full refund, call Target at 800-440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week. People who purchased the game can also go through the Target website and visit the Recalls section by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. Consumers can also visit Target's Facebook page for more information or other means of contacting the store.