Recall: Buckyballs and Buckycubes High-powered Magnet Sets
On 2013-04-12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Buckyballs and Buckycubes High-powered Magnet Sets due to a potential injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2010 for about $5 to $100.
About 3 million units are involved in this Maxfield & Oberton magnet set recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 3rd 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?
These products contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers.
Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
Buckyballs and Buckycubes consist of sets of numerous, small, high-powered magnets. These sets vary in the number of magnets included and come in a variety of colors. Individual magnets in the set are about 5 millimeters in diameter. Individual magnets in Buckyballs are spherical and individual magnets in Buckycubes are cube-shaped.NOTE: A previous Buckyballs recall was issued in 2010, and several other similar magnet toys have been recalled as well.
Information on where these items sold new+: About three million sets of Buckyballs and Buckycubes have been sold in U.S. retail stores nationwide and online since 2010 for between $5 and $100.
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 high-powered magnet sets and all associated individual magnets away from children and teenagers and contact the retailer from which they purchased the product to obtain instructions for their remedy:
NOTE: According to the CPSC, these retailers, as well as Overstock.com and Toys R Us, have agreed to participate because Maxfield & Oberton has refused to participate in the recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes.
In July 2012, CPSC staff filed an administrative complaint against Maxfield & Oberton Holdings LLC, of New York, N.Y., after discussions with the company and its representatives failed to result in a voluntary recall plan that CPSC staff considered to be adequate to address the very serious hazard posed by these products.
See contact information above.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
CPSC has received 54 reports of children and teens ingesting this product, with 53 of these requiring medical interventions.
+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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