CPSC Sues to Stop Sale of Dangerous Magnets
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is suing Star Networks USA over the company’s refusal to stop selling its Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes, which can be extremely dangerous to children and teens when swallowed. The CPSC has stated that the products contain defects in their design, packaging, warnings, and instructions and can cause serious injury or death if ingested.
The CPSC seeks to stop the company from selling the Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes, and is ordering them to inform the public of the defect and offer consumers a full refund.
Company Sells Dangerous High Powered Magnets
The CPSC has stated that Star Networks, in addition to 10 other companies, had voluntarily agreed to stop selling their magnet products in response to CPSC’s request in July 2012.
CPSC’s request stated that these companies should stop manufacturing, importing, distributing, and selling their high-powered magnetic products due to the fact that many children and teenagers had swallowed them, with serious health consequences.
Star Networks, however, resumed the sale of their products in November after discussions with the CPSC failed to establish a voluntary recall plan that both sides were comfortable with.
Dangers of Ingesting High Powered Magnets
Information below provided by the CPSC Magnets Information Center.
- High powered magnets are small, powerful magnets which are 8 times stronger than refrigerator magnets or magnets used in toys.
- If multiple magnets are ingested, then they can connect inside a person’s gastrointestinal tract, causing internal injuries that require surgery.
- Short and long term health consequences exist if one swallows multiple magnets, as they can pinch or trap intestinal walls or other digestive tissue.
- Magnets that are powerful enough to attract through intestinal walls can result in progressive tissue damage, which can lead to infection, sepsis, and even death.
- Some medical professionals do not know the dangers of ingesting magnets, and may not know that immediate medical help is required.
Description of the Recalled Magnets
Information below provided by the CPSC.
- The Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes come in sets containing 125 to 1,027 high-powered rare earth magnets.
- The magnets were sold at various retailers nationwide and online.
- The magnets are made in China and are priced from $20 to $80.
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