High-Powered Magnet Sets

Numerous retail stores have issued voluntary recalls of Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnet sets. These magnets apparently have design, warning and instruction defects.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the magnets may “pose a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers.”

Product Information:

  • Product Name: Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnet sets
  • Importing Company: Maxfield & Oberton LLC, of New York, N.Y.
  • Manufactured In: China
  • Number of Buckyballs and Buckycubes Sold in U.S: About 3 Million sets
  • Places Sold: Retail stores nationwide and online
  • Dates Sold: Since 2010
  • Price of Product: Between $5 and $100

Click to view pictures of the recalled Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnet sets.

Retail Stores Participating in the Recall:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Brookstone
  • Participating Hallmark retailers
  • Marbles the Brain Store
  • ThinkGeek
  • Overstock.com
  • Toys R Us

Injuries To Date:

  • To date, the CPSC has received 54 reports of children and teens ingesting this product
  • 53 of the 54 reports of ingestion required medical help

Instructions For Refund and Remedy:

If you or a loved one has purchased any of the aforementioned high-powered magnet sets, you should take them away from children and teenagers immediately.  Furthermore, you should contact the retailer from which you purchased the magnet sets.  They will provide instructions for a remedy.

Additional Information:

For additional information on the recall, consumers may also contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) by calling (800) 638-2772.  According to the CPSC, in 2012, the CPSC filed a complaint against Maxfield & Oberton Holdings LLC, after they refused to voluntarily recall the magnet sets “to address the very serious hazard posed by these products.”  The “CPSC has filed only four administrative complaints in the past 11 years.”  This shows how seriously the CPSC takes this recall.

What to Do if You or a Loved One Has Been Harmed by a Recalled Product?

If your child has become injured as a result of one of these recalled Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnet sets, you may be entitled to compensation.  Potential damages may include things such as medical bills, property damage, awards for pain and suffering.

Here at LawInfo.com, we have experienced attorneys specializing in products liability cases to help you if your child has been injured by a defective product or toy.

Most of the attorneys at LawInfo.com offer free initial consultations, so it would be advantageous to speak to a products liability attorney to discuss your potential legal claims.