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Safe Kids Magic Valley On Buckyball Lawsuit
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Consumer Product Safety Commission is suing an adult desk toy manufacturer to stop selling the product over injuries to children.
The CPSC has filed an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton, the maker of Buckyballs and Buckycube desk toys.
These toys contain up to 216 powerful rare earth magnets.
The commission alleges the toys contain a defect in the design, packaging, warnings and instructions.
The manufacturer claims it only markets to adults.
Page Geske, Executive Director of Safe Kids Magic Valley says, "it's not something marketed to children, but of course, things that happen and kids can get a hold of these and problems can occur when they ingest these little magnetic balls into their system into their stomach and intestine and cause all kinds of internal problems."
According to the CPSC, when two or more magnets are swallowed, they can attract to one another through the stomach and intestinal walls.
This can result in serious injuries including holes in the stomach and intestines or intestinal blockage, blood poisoning, even death.
In some cases, medical professionals might not diagnose the need for immediate medical intervention, which could worsen the injuries.