Retailers Recall High Powered Magnets
WASHINGTON (AP) –Six retailers have agreed to recall a brand of potentially dangerous high-powered magnet sets after the manufacturer refused to participate. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond and four other stores are recalling “Buckyballs” and “Buckycubes” after the CPSC received 54 reports of children and teens ingesting the product. The tiny, powerful magnets are sold as a desktop toy that can be molded into different shapes. They can be dangerous or deadly if accidentally swallowed or inhaled. The CPSC filed a rare legal complaint against the company that manufactured the sets, New York-based Maxfield & Oberton, in July after recall negotiations failed. The company has since gone out of business but the products are likely still in homes and offices.