6 National Retailers Join Recall of Buckyballs, Buckycubes; Magnet Sets Pose Risk of Injury, Death to Children
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The magnet sets sold as Buckyballs and Buckycubes have received intense scrutiny in recent years, as there have been more than 50 reports of children who required emergency medical treatment after swallowing the tiny magnets. These products can be fatal if ingested and not treated in a timely fashion.
Last week, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), six national retailers including Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Brookstone and Hallmark joined a voluntary recall of Buckyball and Buckycube magnet sets. The CPSC attempted to persuade Maxfield & Obertson, the importer of these defective products, to initiate its own recall.
The company refused, and the CPSC has filed legal action against Maxfield & Obertson in the form of an administrative complaint. The CPSC has undertaken this action only four times in the past 11 years.
The CPSC alleges that Buckyballs and Buckycubes feature design defects as well as faults in their warning labels and instructions. The CPSC considers these products to “pose a substantial risk of injury and death.” For more information on what to do if you have these products, please see the CPSC Buckyball and Buckycube recall page.
If you or a family member was harmed by one of these magnet sets or other defective product, please contact Personal Injury.com for a free case evaluation and to locate an experienced injury lawyer near you.