Cárdenas, Schrier bill aims to prevent magnet injuries
On March 5, U.S. Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) and Dr. Kim Schrier (D-Washington) introduced the Magnet Injury Prevention Act to ban small, high-powered magnets following reports of severe intestinal trauma due to accidental ingestion in the United States.
These high-powered magnets pose life-threating risks to adolescent children with one reported death. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) introduced a companion bill in the Senate last year.
Cárdenas is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is the vice chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.
“One fatality is one too many. There is no reason that these dangerous small, high-powered magnets should be on the market or sold in toys. As a grandfather, this is personal for me,” Cárdenas said.
“We have an obligation to do all that we can to prevent life-threating toys from reaching the hands of children in America,” he added.