The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and six retailers have announced “the voluntary recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnet sets,” which the commission maintains are defective by design and “pose a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers.” According to an April 12, 2013, press release, CPSC previously filed an administrative complaint against Buckyballs® importer, Maxfield & Oberton Holdings LLC, after the company failed to initiate an adequate recall plan following reports that children and teens who ingested the small magnets required medical treatment.

The six retailers behind the latest recall include Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Brookstone, which have joined CPSC in advising consumers “to contact the retailer from which they purchased the product to obtain instructions for their remedy.” The commission has estimated that approximately “three million sets of Buckyballs and Buckycubes have been sold in U.S. retail stores nationwide and online since 2010.” Additional details about CPSC’s efforts to ban the sale of highpowered magnet sets appear in the December 13, 2012, issue of this Report.