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United Scientific Recalls 2.35 Million Magnets

United Scientific has recalled about 2.35 million magnets. Surface paint on the magnets contains high levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.

This recall involves the magnets listed below. The model numbers are located on the magnet's packaging. Only painted magnets are included in this recall.

MGTKIT (4): 3 red ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm, 1 four inch red horseshoe magnet

MSET4 (4): 2 red bar magnets 80x15x10mm, 1 small red horseshoe magnet 25mm x 8mm, 1 large red horseshoe magnet 35mm x 15 mm

CBM050 (2): Red bar magnet pair 50mm

CM7907-R (1): ceramic ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm

CM7907-B (blue) (1): ceramic ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm

CM7907-W (white) (1): ceramic ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm

CM7907-PK/2 (red or blue) (1): ceramic ring magnets 38mm x 8 mm

CM7912-R (2): Red ceramic disc magnet 25mm x 5 mm

MBSET6 (6): 75mm long, scored in two places like a candy bar, sold in six different colors

AUM020 (1): Red 2 inch U-shaped magnets

AUM025 (1): Red 1 inch U-shaped magnets

ACM020 (1): Pair of red cylindrical magnets 50mm x 5 mm

ACM050 (2): Pair of red cylindrical magnets 125mm x 10mm

ABM030 (2): Pair of red and blue bar magnets with North (N) & South (S) Poles marked. 3 inches long x 1/2 inch wide

ABM015-E, ABM020, ABM040, ABM060, ABM040, ABM060, ABM010, ABM015 (2): Red bar magnets, lengths range from 1 1/2 inches to 6 inches, some have N & S marking

MNSB04 (1): 4 inch magnetic needle on plastic support. One end of needle is painted red.

MHS020 (1): Red U-shaped magnet, two inches tall

MHS030 (1): Red U-shaped magnet, three inches tall

CMSET1 (6): Ceramic disc magnets, 25mm x 5 mm, sold in six different colors

These recalled magnets were manufactured in India and sold by independent distributors nationwide from October 1996 through September 2007 for between 50 cents and $15. Distributors sold the products to schools for use in science classes.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled magnets and contact United Scientific to receive a free replacement magnet. For additional information, contact United Scientific toll-free at (888) 284-8570 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or email the firm at consumeraffairs@unitedsci.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled magnets, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08279.html

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