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CPSC RIN: 3041-AD27 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Safety Standard for Magnet Sets 
Abstract: Based on its review of incident data, the Commission determined preliminarily that there may be an unreasonable risk of injury associated with children ingesting high-powered magnets that are part of magnet sets. These magnet sets are aggregations of separable, permanent, magnetic objects intended or marketed by the manufacturer primarily as a manipulative or construction desk toy for general entertainment, such as puzzle working, sculpture building, mental stimulation, or stress relief. In contrast to ingesting other small parts, when a child ingests a magnet, the magnetic properties of the object can cause serious, life-threatening injuries. On September 4, 2012, the Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would prohibit such magnet sets. Under the proposal, if a magnet set contains a magnet that fits within the CPSC's small parts cylinder, magnets from that set would be required to have a flux index of 50 or less, or they would be prohibited. The flux index would be determined by the method described in ASTM F963-11, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. The comment period ended on November 19, 2012. Staff will review the comments and then will prepare a briefing package for Commission consideration. 
Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 1240 
Legal Authority: 15 USC 2056 to 2058 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Staff Sent Briefing Package to Commission  08/08/2012   
Commission Decision  08/24/2012   
NPRM Published in Federal Register  09/04/2012  77 FR 53781 
Comment Period Ends  11/19/2012   
Staff Sends Briefing Package to Commission  07/00/2013   
Commission Decision  08/00/2013   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jonathan Midgett
Engineering Psychologist
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, 5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2561
Email: jmidgett@cpsc.gov

 
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