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CPSC Sues Zen Magnets

Bedram Bararpour4 years ago

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has decided to file an administrative complaint against Zen Magnets in an attempt to prevent further harm to children. The CPSC claims that Zen Magnets products include deficiencies in the design, packaging, warnings, and instructions. As a result, the CPSC seeks to stop the firm from selling Zen Magnets™ Rare Earth Magnet Balls, inform the public of the defect and offer consumers a full refund.

About the Complaint Against Zen Magnets

The CPSC has received numerous reports of tweens and teenagers unintentionally swallowing similar products while mimicking piercings of the tongue, lip, or cheek. Eleven manufacturers and importers of small, powerful magnets have voluntarily agreed to recall their products, but Zen Magnets has refused to comply.

The complaint states Zen Magnets advertised and marketed the magnets as “fun to play with” and also stated that they “look good on cute people.” The CPSC notified the firm that the product did not meet a federal mandatory toy standard, which requires such magnets not be marketed for children younger than 14.

Faults of the Product According to the CPSC

  • Warning and labeling do not adequately communicate the dangers of ingesting the product.
  • Product’s design and packaging fail to prevent children from accessing the product and do not allow parents/caregivers to know if a magnet is missing and possibly within reach of a young child.
  • Once out of the package, individual magnets do not display a warning against ingestion and the small size of the magnets prevents the addition of warnings.
Description of the Magnets

Information below provided by the U.S. CPSC:

  • Zen Magnets are powerful, chrome-plated, rare earth magnet balls about 5 millimeters in diameter.
  • They are made in China and sold online in sets of 72, 216, and 1,728.
  • In 2011, Zen Magnets began to advertise their product as a “magnetic science kit.”
Dangers of the Magnets
  • When two or more magnets are swallowed, they can pinch or trap intestinal walls or other digestive tissue.
  • Magnets that attract through intestines result in progressive tissue damage.
  • Such conditions can lead to infection, sepsis, and possibly death.
  • In such cases, medical professionals may not be aware of these dangers and could fail to provide needed immediate medical intervention.
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