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CPSC Files Lawsuit to Stop Sale of Buckyballs Magnetic Toys

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed a lawsuit against Maxfield & Oberton, the makers of the high-powered magnetic Buckyballs and Buckycubes, in an attempt to remove them from the consumer market. According to the CPSC, at least a dozen children have swallowed the magnets in the Buckyballs desk toys. At least some have required multiple surgeries and extended hospital stays.

According to CPSC spokesperson Scott Wolfson, “We’re doing this to keep children safe. We want to prevent future surgeries.” He says that the magnets can pierce the the intestines. Wolfson said “We have worked with the company over the years. We did a recall with them in 2010. Yet the injuries still happened. In 2011 we worked with them on the education of consumers. Incidents still happened. So we’ve reached a point where we really do need to take stronger action, which we’re doing. We’re filing a lawsuit.”

Craig Zucker, founder and CEO of Maxfield & Oberton, said “Obviously the bureaucrats see danger everywhere, and those responsible people – like our company who have vigorously promoted safety and appropriate use of our products – gets put out of business by an unfair and arbitrary process. I don’t understand how and why they did this without following their own rules before allowing us to make our case. It almost seems like they simply wanted to put our products and industry out of business.”

Andrew Frank, spokesperson for Maxfield & Oberton, said the company “will fight this vigorously.” Continuing, he said, “There are half a billion magnets out there, and unfortunately there are some people who have misused the product. We market these products to adults age 14 and above, and there are warning labels on the product.” disclaimer: This article: CPSC Files Lawsuit to Stop Sale of Buckyballs Magnetic Toys was posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 7:45 pm at and is filed under Product Liability Lawsuits.

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