Owners of Buckyballs and Buckycubes can now obtain refunds through BuckyballsRecall.com until January 17, 2015. These loose, high powered magnets pose a deadly risk to young children, tweens, and teens, if ingested. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urged consumers to immediately stop use of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes and request a refund in a press release this week.
From 2009 to the present, CPSC staff has received numerous incident reports of ingestions involving Buckyballs and Buckycubes, many of which required surgery. This recall is intended to protect children and teenagers from the risk of injury that can occur when more than one magnet is ingested.
In July 2012, CPSC staff filed an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, LLC seeking a recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes. CPSC amended that complaint in May 2013 to add Craig Zucker, individually, after Maxfield and Oberton Holdings was dissolved. CPSC staff and Zucker, individually and as an officer of Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, LLC reached a settlement agreement that includes the recall announced today and ends the legal proceeding. The Commission approved the settlement agreement on May 9, 2014.
Read more about from the Healthy Kids blog about playing with magnet toys safely here.