A number of maze-style games from Lakeshore Learning are being recalled due to a serious risk to children.

The games consist of a wooden playing board covered with clear plastic. Children use a magnetic wand to guide game pieces around the board.

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The magnetic counting maze is one of several games being recalled over the risk of a magnet detaching and causing a choking or ingestion hazard for children. ((Health Canada))

The problem lies with the high-powered magnet inside the wand. In some cases the wand can separate and release the magnet posing ingestion and choking hazards to children.

If a child were to swallow more than one magnet, the magnets can attract while travelling through the intestines and cause blockages or holes in the intestinal walls.

The results could be serious or even fatal.

Lakeshore Learning has received 10 reports of wands separating and releasing the magnet.

There have been no reports of injury in Canada.

About 480 of the games were sold in Canada through Wintergreen Learning Materials catalogue and online store. They were sold between January 2009 and May 2010.

Parents are advised to take affected games away from their children and contact Wintergreen Learning to receive a free replacement.

Any parent who thinks their child may have swallowed a magnet should seek medical attention.

Recalled maze boards include:

  • Who's hiding the garden?
  • Who's hiding in the ocean?
  • Magnetic counting maze.
  • Magnetic alphabet board.
  • My community magnetic board.