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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the voluntary recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnets.  The CPSC warns that these products contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers.


Reason for the Recall

From 2009 to the present, the CPSC received numerous incident reports of ingestions involving Buckyballs and Buckycubes, many of which required surgery.  The recall is intended to protect children and teenagers from the risk of injury that can occur when more than one magnet is ingested. For more information about the CPSC action, please visit: https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2014/Buckyballs-and-Buckycubes-High-Powered-Magnet-Sets-Recalled/.

Description of the Product

Buckyballs and Buckycubes consist of numerous small, high-powered magnets.  They 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 2.5 million sets of Buckyballs and Buckycubes have been sold in retail stores nationwide and online since 2009. 

How to Receive a Refund

The CPSC urges you to stop using the product immediately and return it for a refund.  Any Buckyballs or Buckycubes that are not returned as part of this recall should be safely disposed of to prevent any risk of injury.

 

You must file a claim to take advantage of this recall.  To file a claim click here

ALL CLAIMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JANUARY 17, 2015.  Claims submitted by this deadline will be paid as they are received only until funds are exhausted, so please submit your claim right away.

Consumers who provide proof of purchase in the form of a signed proof of claim form or a receipt stating that the products were purchased in the United States and return the products to the Recall Administrator shall receive a refund no greater than the purchase price, plus a reasonable allowance for shipping by standard U.S. First Class Mail.

 

Further Information

For more information about the CPSC action, please visit:

https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2014/Buckyballs-and-Buckycubes-High-Powered-Magnet-Sets-Recalled/

For more information about magnet safety, please visit:

https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Magnets/

https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Neighborhood-Safety-Network/Posters/Magnets-Warning/

https://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/11/magnet-dangers/

 
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