Consumer Product Safety Commission Sues Maker of Buckyballs and Buckycube Desk Toys

Consumer Product Safety Commission Sues Maker of Buckyballs and Buckycube Desk Toys

July 26, 2012 Updated Jul 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM CDT

(CPSC news release) In an effort to prevent children from suffering further harm, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission staff filed an administrative complaint Wednesday against Maxfield & Oberton Holdings LLC, of New York, N.Y., alleging that Buckyballs and Buckycubes contain a defect in the design, packaging, warnings, and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury to the public.

According to the CPSC news release:

In response to a request from CPSC staff, a number of retailers have voluntarily agreed to stop selling Buckyballs, Buckycubes, and similar products manufactured by other companies. CPSC staff called upon these retailers to cease distribution of high-powered, manipulative magnetic products after dozens of young children and teenagers swallowed multiple magnets, which connected inside their gastrointestinal tracts and caused internal injuries requiring surgery. The online marketplace eBay has also agreed to implement steps to remove listings by sellers for these items.

The Commission staff filed the administrative complaint against Maxfield & Oberton after discussions with the company and its representatives failed to result in a voluntary recall plan that CPSC staff considered to be adequate.

 

 

Read the entire CPSC news release HERE.

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