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Buckyballs are landing kids in hospitals: Do you think they should be recalled?

Posted by Kristi Palma  July 26, 2012 06:59 AM

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You won't find Buckyballs on Amazon.com anymore. 

According to the Associated Press, the online retailer has agreed to stop selling the high-powered desktop magnetic toys for adults after the Consumer Product Safety Commission stepped in and tried to get the product recalled.

The AP reports that at least a dozen children have swallowed the magnets since 2009, some requiring surgery. While young kids accidentally have swallowed them while playing, teenagers have swallowed them while trying to mimic tongue piercings. In its complaint, the commission says the powerful magnets can get stuck in the gastrointestinal walls, leading to perforations that can cause serious injury or death.

The company that makes Buckyballs, Maxfield and Oberton, is refusing to recall the product, but the CPSC has persuaded 10 retailers, including Amazon.com, to stop selling them. Maxfield and Oberton called the agency's actions "unfair, unjust and un-American." The company said the product is marketed to people over 14 and has warning labels.

Do you think Buckyballs should be recalled?

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