Buckyballs High Powered Magnets Sets Recalled Violating Federal Toy Standards

A large recall of about 175,000 Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets are being recalled by Maxfield and Oberton due to violation of the federal toy standard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets were manufactured in China and imported by Maxfield and Oberton LLC, of New York, New York.

The high powered magnets sets were labeled “Ages 13+” and do not meet the mandatory toy standard F963-08 (effective August 17, 2009) which requires that such powerful magnets are not sold for children under the age of 14. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.

To date, the firm has received two reports of children swallowing one or more magnets. No injuries were reported.

This recall involves the Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets labeled “Ages 13+.” The set contains 216 powerful rare earth magnets and is intended to build unlimited shapes and patterns. Since March 2010, Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets were labeled “Keep Away From All Children” and are not being recalled.

The recalled magnets were sold at a variety of stores, including stores selling children’s toys, stationery, and office supplies and various online sites from March 2009 through March 2010.

The CPSC is advising consumers to take the Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets labeled “Ages 13+” away from children under 14 immediately and contact Maxfield and Oberton for instructions on receiving a refund upon return of a complete set of magnets. Maxfield and Oberton can be reached, toll-free, at (888) 847-8716 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Website at www.maxfieldandobertonsafety.com.

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