You are here

American Scientific Recalls 87,000 Magnets

American Scientific has recalled about 87,000 magnets. Surface paint on the magnets can contain high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

This recall involves horseshoe, rectangular bar and U-shaped magnets sold primarily to schools for use in science classes. The magnets have red and blue paint on their surfaces. Item numbers are located on the product's packaging; the ones included in the recall are:

Item Number: Description (Sizes)

3101-01, 02, 20: Bar-shaped Steel (75mm x 12mm x 5mm, 100mm x 12mm x 5mm, 150mm x 19mm x 7mm, 200mm, 150mm X 15mm X 10mm)

3102-01, 02, 03, 04: Horseshoe-shaped Steel (50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 150mm)

3106-04, 06: Pair of Bar-shaped Aluminum/Nickel/Cobalt (100mm X 10mm X 7mm, 150mm X 19mm X 7mm)

3108-01: Horseshoe-shaped Aluminum/Nickel/Cobalt

3126-06: Pair of Economy, Bar-shaped Aluminum/Nickel/Cobalt

AR-110: U-shaped (3.5 inches)

N38 (3126-07): Bar-shaped (37mm)

These magnets were manufactured in India and sold to independent distributors nationwide from October 2006 through February 2008 for between $1 and $4.

Consumers should immediately stop using these products and contact American Scientific to receive a free replacement. For additional information, contact American Scientific toll-free at (866) 518-1665 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail the firm at, or visit the firm's Web site at

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled magnets, please go to: