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CPSC Orders Stop-Sale of Buckyballs Magnets

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Ruben Tyler Kendrick5 years ago

Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ordered Maxfield & Oberton to stop sales of their Buckyballs magnetic toys because they pose a serious hazard to children when ingested.

The CPSC also filed an administrative complaint saying that there is a defect in the design, packaging, warnings, and instructions of Buckyballs products.

Second Stop-Sale Order in 11 Years

  • Maxfield & Oberton recalled 175,000 Buckyballs products in 2010 because of reports of children swallowing them (no injuries had been reported at that time).
  • As part of the recall,  Maxfield & Oberton were ordered to stop marketing Buckyballs to children.
  • The CPSC issued a stop sale of Buckyballs on July 25, 2012 because they found that children continued to swallow the powerful magnets, resulting in serious and sometime life-threatening injuries.
  • This is only the second time the CPSC has ordered a stop sale action in 11 years.

What Are Buckyballs?

  • Buckyballs and Buckycubes are small, powerful, rare earth magnets that are sold as toys and desktop accessories.
  • Each set can contain up to 216 of the powerful magnets. 
  • More than 2 million Buckyballs, manufactured in China, have been sold in the U.S.
  • Since 2009, there have been at least 12 ingestion incidents involving Buckyballs, with many resulting in surgical intervention.
  • Some of the injuries occurred in children as young as four years old.
The Dangers of Small Magnets

“[Buckyballs] pose a risk of magnet ingestion by children below the age of 14, who may, consistent with developmentally appropriate behavior, place single or numerous magnets in their mouth. The risk of ingestion also exists when adolescents and teens use the product to mimic piercings of the mouth, tongue, and cheek and accidentally swallow the magnets,” Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When ingested, Buckyballs can pinch or trap intestines and can require surgery to remove. That’s because once inside the intestines, the magnets attract one another, causing serious injuries including holes in the stomach and intestines, blockage in the intestines, blood poisoning, and in the worst case- death.

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