Recall: Buckyballs High-powered Magnet Sets
On 2013-04-15, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Buckyballs High-powered Magnet Sets due to a potential internal injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in November 2010 for about $20.
About 500 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 4th recall of products in the Magnets & Magnetic Building Sets category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 14 million product units.
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What is the problem?
When two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside a child's intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves high-powered magnets sets with the brand name Buckyballs. The sets contain 216 silver-colored, spherical rare earth magnets, each about five millimeters in diameter.
These items were sold new+ at Overstock.com and retailers nationwide from November 2010 through July 2012 for about $20.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Overstock.com will contact each purchasing customer directly to coordinate the recall. Consumers should stop using the recalled high-powered magnet sets immediately, take all associated individual magnets away from children and teenagers, and contact Overstock.com for a full refund.
NOTE: Toys R Us and several other retailers are participating in the recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes.
Overstock.com Inc. at e-mail email@example.com or online at www.overstock.com for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Overstock has received no reports of injuries. CPSC has received 54 reports of incidents involving children ingesting high-powered magnets resulting in 53 reports of medical intervention.¬†
+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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