Overstock.com Recalls High-Powered Magnet Sets Due to Ingestion Hazards

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.

Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed.

Recall date: April 15, 2013
Recall number: 13-731
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Recall Summary

Name of product:

Buckyballs high-powered magnet sets

Hazard:

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.

Consumer Contact:

Overstock.com Inc. at e-mail miscellaneous@overstock.com or online at www.overstock.com for more information.

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Recall Details

Units

539

Description

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.

Incidents/Injuries

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. 

Remedy

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.  

Sold at

Overstock.com and retailers nationwide from November 2010 through July 2012 for about $20.

Importer

Maxfield & Oberton LLC

Manufactured in

China

  • Buckyballs high-powered magnet set