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QVC Warns of Trivet Magnets After Child’s Brush With Death

The television shopping network QVC is warning customers who purchased a Copper Chef cookware set about a silicone trivet containing powerful magnets that could be deadly if swallowed. The QVC warning comes after 3-year-old Monty Trias of Watertown, South Dakota nearly died after ingesting the high-powered magnets. Monty’s mother Emily Trias told Sioux Falls’ KELOLAND TV that she and her husband couldn’t figure out at first where the magnets that their son swallowed came from. Eventually, however, they discovered that they attached to the bottom of a flexible silicone trivet that came as part of the QVC cookware set. The ... Read More

Refunds for recalled Buckyballs magnets now available online through January 2015

Customers who purchased high-powered magnets known as Buckyballs or Buckycubes made by Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, which is no longer in business, may finally apply for a refund for the recalled products. Owners of this product can return the magnets and get a full refund. Partial refunds may be provided depending on the number of magnets returned.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to immediately stop use of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes and visit BuckyballsRecall.com to request a refund. The loose, high-powered magnets were recalled due to them being a choking hazard for children. Since 2009, the ... Read More

Government sues importers of children’s products to stop flow of dangerous toys to U.S.

The U.S. government has taken legal action against four California companies and six individuals in an effort to halt their illegal importation of dangerous children’s products containing lead, phthalates, small parts that pose a hazard to young children, and other potentially deadly defects. The U.S. Justice Department, acting on a request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), filed an injunction in California federal court against Toys Distribution Inc. (TDI International); S&J Merchandise Inc., BLJ Apparel Inc., and All Season Sales Inc. Individuals named in the injunction are identified as Loan Tuyet Thai, Lan My Lam, Paul Phuong, Cuc T. ... Read More

CPSC Sues Star Networks USA After Continued Sale Of Recalled Magnetic Balls and Cubes

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff filed an administrative complaint against Star Networks USA, LLC, claiming that their Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes not only contained flaws in their design, packaging, warnings and instructions, but posed a considerable risk to the public at large.  The Commission, which voted 2-1 in favor of filing the complaint, seeks, among other things, that the firm immediately stop selling Star Networks Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes, notify the public of the defects and offer consumers a full refund. Previous negotiations with Star Networks and its representatives failed to result in a ... Read More

Safety regulators sharpen aim at tiny, powerful magnets sold as adult toys

Injuries resulting from the ingestion of tiny, highly charged magnets have compelled the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to unanimously vote on issuing new federal rules on the products. Although manufacturers have generally marketed the magnet sets to adults, the Commission warns that the products are attractive to children, who can receive potentially fatal internal injuries if they swallow them. According to the CPSC, approximately 1,700 patients were treated in emergency rooms between 2009 and 2011 for injuries caused by the small powerful magnets. Children between 4 and 12 years old accounted for 70 percent of the injuries, according ... Read More

Safety regulators try to force recall of small, powerful magnets

Federal safety regulators have filed an administrative complaint against Colorado-based Zen Magnets in an effort to force the company to cease making and selling its signature product — small, powerful magnets that regulators say can injure and kill children who use them improperly. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which usually works cooperatively with companies in pulling potentially dangerous products from the market, took the rare, aggressive measure after discussions with Zen Magnets to voluntarily withdraw the product from the market failed. The company makes powerful little magnets that can be formed into shapes. Although Zen Magnets markets the ... Read More