Buckyballs High-Powered Children’s Magnet Toy Sets were recalled in March 2010 after being linked to more than 2,900 injuries and at least one death. Since the recall, the products have been repackaged and labeled for use for teens and adults age 14 and older. Unfortunately, Buckyballs magnet sets continue to be linked to serious injuries including perforation of the stomach and intestines, intestinal blockage, blood poisoning and death.
Free Buckyballs Magnet Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one suffered a Buckyballs magnet toy injury, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Buckyballs magnet sets and we can help.
What the Problem?
Buckyballs are high-powered magnets shaped like bb’s or cubes that connect to each other magnetically. These products are interesting to younger children, who mistakenly believe they are candy, as well as older children, who use the magnets as faux facial piercings. Unfortunately, when swallowed or inhaled, Buckyballs can cause serious injuries including:
- Perforations of the stomach and intestines
- Intestinal blockage
- Blood poisoning
Surgically removing Buckyballs is complicated and often requires the child’s stomach and/or intestines to be repaired. The magnets are particularly dangerous because parents may not be aware that their child has swallowed them, and because the symptoms of magnet ingestion are similar to other common illnesses, making the condition difficult to diagnose.
Buckyballs vs. The United States of America
After a number of children were injured after swallowing Buckyballs, the CPSC sued Maxfield & Oberton, the company that makes the magnet sets, and later added owner Craig Zucker to the suit — the first administrative action against any entrepreneur by the CPSC in more than a decade. As a result, Maxfield & Oberton went out of business.
On May 9, 2014, CPSC and Zucker settled the case. Under the terms of the agreement, Zucker agreed to fund a nationwide Buckyballs recall, and waive his right to pursue any legal or administrative action against the agency related to the magnets. The agreement also declared it illegal to manufacture, distribute or sell Buckyballs anywhere in the U.S. In exchange, Zucker was released from any personal liability related to his products, and did not have to admit that the toys were defective or posed a significant health threat.
Magnet Toy Set Safety Warning
In November 2011, CPSC issued a safety warning about Buckyballs magnet sets, but injuries continue to be reported. The agency negotiated voluntary corrective action plans with all but three Buckyballs importers to stop the sale and distribution of the products, and took administrative action against the importers who refused to stop selling the magnets. Two of the companies reached a settlement with CPSC, which included product recalls currently underway.
“We applaud the CPSC for issuing this important mandatory rule. High powered magnets have caused serious injuries and a fatality to children. These incidents should not happen and can be prevented if the magnets can’t be swallowed and the magnets are not as strong,” stated Rachel Weintraub, legislative director and senior counsel with Consumer Federation of America.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of Buckyballs Magnet Toy Sets, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your child’s injury, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold Buckyballs’ manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective product into the marketplace, and to discourage other companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have a Buckyballs Magnet Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Buckyballs Magnet Toy Injury Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Buckyballs Magnet Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured after swallowing Buckyballs, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Buckyballs Magnet Suit and we can help.