Overstock.com Recalls High-Powered Magnet Sets Due to Ingestion Hazards
Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed.
Recall SummaryName of product:
Buckyballs high-powered magnet setsHazard:
When two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside a child's intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.
This recall involves high-powered magnets sets with the brand name Buckyballs. The sets contain 216 silver-colored, spherical rare earth magnets, each about five millimeters in diameter.
Overstock has received no reports of injuries. CPSC has received 54 reports of incidents involving children ingesting high-powered magnets resulting in 53 reports of medical intervention.
Overstock.com will contact each purchasing customer directly to coordinate the recall. Consumers should stop using the recalled high-powered magnet sets immediately, take all associated individual magnets away from children and teenagers, and contact Overstock.com for a full refund.
Overstock.com and retailers nationwide from November 2010 through July 2012 for about $20.
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