The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is suing Maxfield & Oberton, the maker of powerful magnet desk toys Bucky Ball and Bucky Cube, to get them to stop selling their products after receiving more than 200 reports of magnets being ingested and causing medical problems. The products were recalled in 2010, but there have continued to be reports of consumers ingesting magnets.
When swallowed, magnets have the ability to puncture holes and start infections in the intestines. Children who have ingested these high-powered magnets have required long hospitalization and multiple surgeries. After the 2010 recall, the CPSC worked with the manufacturer to start a consumer education program about the dangers that magnets present to the public. However, people continued to suffer injuries from the powerful magnet toys.
Some retailers including Amazon and Brookstone, have discontinued sale of the products, but the company has refused to pull the product from the marketplace completely. This led the agency to take the extreme step of filing an administrative complaint in court. They have not taken this action in over a decade, when they filed suit against the manufacturer of BB guns. As injuries continued to happen despite the education program, the agency felt, “we’ve reached a point where we really do need to take stronger action, which we’re doing,” according to CPSC spokesperson Scott Wolfson.
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