Yeti coolers, gear cases sold by Dicks, Amazon recalled over magnet ingestion risk
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Nearly 2 million Yeti soft coolers and gear cases are being recalled because of a magnetic ingestion hazard, according to safety regulators.
According to a notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the magnet-lined closures on the coolers and gear cases "can fail and result in detached magnets, posing a risk of serious injury or death if ingested."
The recalled products include the YETI Hopper M30 Soft Cooler 1.0 and 2.0, Hopper M20 Soft Backpack Cooler, and SideKick Dry Gear Case, all of which have a main-pocket closure lined with high-powered magnets, which are enclosed in a heat-sealed plastic strip, according to the CPSC.
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Officials stressed that if two or more high-powered magnets are ingested, they can attract to each other or another metal object and therefore, "become lodged in the digestive system."
The CPSC said this can lead to perforations, twisting, or blockage of the intestines as well as infection, blood poisoning, and death.