Buckyballs discontinued due to ‘pressure’ from CPSC
The makers of Buckyballs, Maxfield and Oberton, have announced that they will stop the production of the popular desk toy after repeated pressure to do so from federal safety officials.
In July, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission filed a lawsuit against this manufacturer of Buckyballs, along with the manufacturers of similar products, claiming that they are hazardous. The desk toy is marketed as an office stress reliever and more than 2 million have been sold in the U.S. alone.
The CPSC filed a lawsuit over the summer in order to demand that all similar products to the Buckyball be recalled. Maxfield and Oberton, just one of the manufacturers of this type of project, fought the federal agency after claiming that the product was not violating any regulations.
They have stated that they will sell what they have left of the product, but will not make anymore. Officials with the CPSC have stated that nearly 1,700 people have been hospitalized after swallowing the small metal pieces of the toy.
In some cases, lengthy hospital stays and surgery were required because the strong magnetic pieces pierced holes into people’s intestines. In the lawsuit, the CPSC stated that Buckyballs, “contain a defect in the design, packaging, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury to the public.”
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