Product recalls seem to be a daily occurrence in the news. Sometimes businesses are quick to issue these recalls. Other times however, a business may fight the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s effort to recall a product. One company that has found itself in this position is Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, the business that made Buckyballs.
While the name Buckyballs may not be familiar to readers, the product likely is. The small magnetic stacking balls can be a fun tactile distraction for users. Unfortunately, they are not designed for people of all ages and children have been hurt after ingesting the high-powered magnets. According to the CPSC, between the years of 2009 and 2011, an estimated 1,700 kids had to go to the emergency room after playing with Buckyballs. The strength of the magnetism contained in the balls could cause problems of swallowed.