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Buckyballs magnet sets
- Starting date:
- May 22, 2013
- Posting date:
- May 22, 2013
- Type of communication:
- Consumer Product Recall
- Household Items, Toys
- Source of recall:
- Health Canada
- Product Safety
- General Public
- Identification number:
Buckyballs magnet sets (spheres, cubes, rods)
Small powerful, rare earth, magnetic balls and cubes that can be used to build sculptures, puzzles, patterns, shapes, etc., including any of the following models:
- Buckyballs Magnetic Building Spheres
- Buckyballs Buckybars Magnetic Building Rods
- Buckyballs Bucky Bigs XL Magnetic Building Spheres
- Buckyballs Buckycubes Magnetic Building Cubes
- Buckyballs Chromatics Magnetic Building Spheres
- Buckyballs Sidekick Magnetic Building Spheres
They are available in a range of shapes, sizes and colours (chrome, gold, silver, pink, blue, green, black).
Distributors of Buckyballs are voluntarily recalling these products from the market in response to a risk assessment conducted by Health Canada.
The risk assessment on these magnet sets has informed Health Canada's determination that they are a danger to human health and safety because they contain small powerful magnets which can be easily swallowed or inhaled by children. Unlike other small objects that would be more likely to pass normally through the digestive system if swallowed, when more than one small powerful magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract one another while travelling through the digestive system. The magnets can then pinch together and create a blockage and slowly tear through the intestinal walls, causing perforations.
The results of swallowing small powerful magnets can be very serious and life-threatening. Swallowing incidents have often resulted in considerable damage to the gastrointestinal tissues and required emergency surgical treatment. For survivors, there can be serious long-term health consequences.
Time period sold
Sold online in Canada since 2009 and through Canadian retailers since 2010.
Distributors may have directly contacted their Canadian customers to advise of this recall.
Place of origin
Manufactured in China.
Maxfield and Oberton Holdings LLC
Premier Gifts Ltd.
Marbles the Brain Store
What you should do
Consumers should stop using the recalled magnet sets immediately and contact their municipality for instructions on how to dispose of or recycle the recalled products.
Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.