Millions of Magnetic and Dry Erase Boards Recalled Amid Injury Reports

More than three million magnetic and dry erase boards require additional safety warnings because of sharp metal edges, which have caused at least seven injuries. 

On July 30, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a Quartet Magnetic and Dry Erase Boards recall following reports of hand, foot, and finger lacerations.

At least four of the injuries required that consumers receive stitches. However, the products are not being pulled from the market and consumers are being urged to instead send out for a new warning sticker on how to safely handle the boards without injury.

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According to the CPSC, the back of the boards have sharp metal edges that are exposed when the mounting boards are removed, creating a laceration risk.

The recall affects eight different styles of Quartet magnetic and dry erase boards, which include combination boards with push pins and calendar styles. The boards are sold in eight sizes;: 5 ½ x 14, 8 ½ x 11, 11 ½ x 11 ½, 11 x 17, 12 x 12, 14 x14, 17 x 17 and 17 x 23. They are sold in white, black, silver, green, blue, pink, purple, grey, and multicolor, with the Quartet logo printed on the bottom of the board.

The boards were manufactured in China and imported by ACCO Brands Corp., of Lake Zurich, Illinois. They were sold at Ace Hardware, Fred Meyer, Menards, Office Depot and other office supply stores nationwide, as well as online, from January 2005 through December 2013 for between $5 and $10.

The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately contact ACCO for a caution label, which will instruct users to wear heavy gloves when removing the boards. Consumers with questions can contact ACCO Brands by calling (800) 611-6654 or by visiting and clicking on “Important Safety Information – Wall Mounted Dry Erase Boards” for additional information.


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