Retailers, not importer, recall Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnet sets due to ingestion hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with six retailers, is announcing the voluntary recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnet sets sold by these companies.
The commission has received 54 reports of children and teens ingesting this product, with 53 of these requiring medical interventions.
Imported by Maxfield & Oberton LLC, 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.
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.
The commission is advising consumers that they 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 a remedy:
- Barnes & Noble at 855-592-2993 or online at www.barnesandnoble.com and click on “Product Recalls.”
- Bed Bath & Beyond at 800-462-3966 or online at www.bedbathandbeyond.com and select “Safety and Recalls” under Customer Service, then click on Recall Information.
- Brookstone at 866-576-7337 or online at www.brookstone.com and click on “Recall Information” under Shop Brookstone.
- Participating Hallmark retailers at 800-425-5627 or online at http://www.hallmark.com/recall-product/.
- Marbles the Brain Store at 877-527-2460 or online at www.marblesthebrainstore.com.
- ThinkGeek, at 888-433-5788 or online at www.thinkgeek.com/buckyballs/index.shtml.
These retailers have agreed to participate because Maxfield & Oberton has refused to participate in the recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes, the commission said.
In July 2012, the commission staff filed an administrative complaint against Maxfield & Oberton Holdings LLC after discussions with the company and its representatives failed to result in a voluntary recall plan that the commission staff considered to be adequate to address the serious hazard posed by these products.
This type of legal action against a company is rare, as the commission has filed only four administrative complaints in the past 11 years.