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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

ALL CLAIMS WERE REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED BY JANUARY 17, 2015.   You may still return any Buckyballs or Buckycubes to be safely disposed of, however the opportunity for a refund has passed. 

 

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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