Horseshoe magnets recalled for high lead levels

Illinois-based United Scientific is recalling about 153,000 horseshoe magnets because they contain high levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The recall affects magnets with the following product numbers:

  • SHM020.
  • SHM030.
  • SHM040.
  • SHM050.
  • SHM060.

The magnets, which were manufactured in India, were sold in the U.S. from March 1995 through September 2007 for about $1 US each.

High amounts of lead can harm the nervous system, kidneys and other major organs. Anemia, a decline in red blood cells, can occur, as well as damage to the nervous system that may impair mental function. Lead poisoning can also cause seizures or death.

No adverse health effects have been reported.

Consumers should stop using the products and contact the company for replacements.

Recall notice