New National Safety Standard for High-Powered Magnet Sets Approved by CPSC
The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted Sept. 25 to approve a final rule establishing a new national safety standard for high-powered magnet sets to address what it called “the unreasonable risk of injury or death” associated with these items.
A CPSC press release states that under this standard an individual magnet from a magnet set must be large enough that it does not fit into a CPSC small parts cylinder or the power of its magnetic force must be lower than a specified measure. The standard will apply to high-powered magnet sets and to individual magnets that are marketed or intended for use as part of a magnet set.
According to the CPSC, magnets manufactured or imported on or after the effective date of the final rule, which is 180 days after it is published in the Federal Register, must meet the new performance standard. After that date, the manufacture, importation, distribution or sale of high-powered magnet sets that are subject to the standard and do not comply will be illegal.