Buckyballs magnetic ball toys will no longer be produced by Maxfield and Oberton, as the company announced on November 2, 2012; after the remainder of Buckyballs already produced have been sold, this product will no longer be sold in the U.S. The discontinuation of Buckyballs was reportedly initiated as the result of a lawsuit filed against the company by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which has taken action against Maxfield and Oberton due to an increasing number of consumers’ claims that these products have caused serious, life-threatening injuries to children who have swallowed them.
Backlash regarding the dangers of Buckyballs and similar products gained momentum within the past year as reports mounted of the growing number of children sustaining serious injuries as a result of ingesting them. Marketed as desktop toys for adults in an office environment, Buckyballs have been reportedly swallowed by children; while some of the victims who have swallowed these magnets have been young children who tend to put objects in their mouths, others have been teenagers who have accidentally ingested them by using Buckyballs to fake facial piercings. Because these toys are magnets comprised of a mineral known as neodymium, they are more than 15 times stronger than standard magnets and can tear holes within a child’s intestines and bowels when more than one has been ingested. Many medical professionals have likened Buckyball injuries to low-powered shrapnel injuries.
At Alonso Krangle, LLP, we understand how horrific it can be for parents to have their children be seriously injured as a result of dangerous toys, nursery products and playground equipment. Our child product liability lawyers are dedicated to representing your child’s rights, and we have the experience and legal knowledge to aggressively litigate against even the biggest corporations. While we know that no amount of money can ever compensate your family for life-long injuries your child may have sustained, we can help you secure a settlement to help pay for future medical bills, as well as your family’s mental anguish. We offer free consultations to families with injured children and can provide them with experienced legal advice regarding their best options for moving forward.
More than 200 cases of ingesting magnetic balls, such as Buckyballs, have occurred within the last 12 months, according to the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHN). In the worst cases of magnetic ball injuries, victims had to undergo surgery to remove sections of their bowels, which can result in health complications that last for the rest of a child’s life.
While 11 of the 13 manufacturers who made toys similar to Buckyballs had previously agreed to stop selling their magnetic ball toys in the U.S., Maxfield and Oberton refused to do so and even launched a campaign to go up against the CPSC. [http://www.getbuckyballs.com/safety/] However, the CPSC’s lawsuit against this company has since made Maxfield and Oberton change its tune and agree to discontinue production of Buckyballs.
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