Toy Industry Association (TIA) Statement on Magnets in Toys
Magnets can provide a fun and educational component to a toy. Strict federal toy safety standards prohibit the use of all powerful magnets in any piece of a toy that is small enough to be swallowed and is intended for children under 14 years old.
The U.S. government has issued warnings regarding certain small, powerful magnets (sometimes called rare-earth magnets) that are sometimes found in office products or other non-toy items. These products have been mistakenly referenced as “toys.” They are not toys. These items are intended for adults, not for children, and are labeled accordingly. They are not subject to the same strict standards that regulate toys.
Small rare-earth magnets pose a serious risk to children if they are swallowed. They should never be given to young children, especially those under the age of three years. Kids and teens should be instructed to never put magnets in or near their mouths or noses, as ingestion or inhalation of multiple magnets can pose serious internal injury, infection and even death. In the event of magnet ingestion, medical treatment should be sought immediately.
This statement was originally published in September 2012 and updated by the Toy Industry Association in October 2014.