Recall: Buckyballs High Powered Magnets Sets
On 2010-05-27, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Buckyballs High Powered Magnets Sets due to a potential internal injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in March 2009.
About 200,000 units are involved in this Maxfield & Oberton magnet set recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Magnets & Magnetic Building Sets category in 2010.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 14 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (888) 847-8716
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What is the problem?
The high powered magnets sets were labeled "Ages 13+" and do not meet the mandatory toy standard F963-08 (effective August 17, 2009) which requires that such powerful magnets are not sold for children under 14. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves the Buckyballs high powered magnets sets labeled "Ages 13+". The set contains 216 powerful rare earth magnets. It is intended to build unlimited shapes and patterns. Since March 2010, Buckyballs high powered magnets sets were labeled "Keep Away From All Children" and are not being recalled.
Information on where these items sold new+: The recalled magnets were sold at a variety of stores, including stores selling children's toys, stationery and office supplies and various online sites from March 2009 through March 2010.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should take the Buckyballs high powered magnets sets labeled "Ages 13+" away from children under 14 immediately and contact Maxfield and Oberton for instructions on receiving a refund upon return of a complete set of magnets.
For additional information, contact Maxfield and Oberton at (888)847-8716 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.maxfieldandobertonsafety.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received two reports of children swallowing one or more magnets. No injuries were reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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