Buckyballs Magnets Have Been Banned by the Feds

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just banned the sale of Buckyballs, those magic magnets that can be shaped any which way, because the balls are a serious health hazard for children. It’s the first stop-sale order by the CPSC in 11 years.

Retailers like Amazon, Urban Outfitters and Brookstone have already agreed to stop selling Buckyballs (and similar products) and the CSPC has ordered distributor Maxfield and Oberton Holdings of New York to halt sales and issue refunds for the rare earth magnets. The CSPC said that Buckyballs are a “substantial product hazard” and are concerned by the injuries it causes to kids who swallow them:

“Notwithstanding the labeling, warnings and efforts taken by (Maxfield and Oberton), ingestion incidents continued to rise because warnings are ineffective”

When swallowed, the CSPC says that Buckyballs have the potential to pinch and trap intestines and require surgery to remove. Yikes! The CSPC had issued a health warning regarding Buckyballs last year but have decided today to move forward in shutting it down. Predictably, Buckyballs won’t go down without a fight, Craig Zucker, CEO of Buckyballs, said that it’ll “vigorously fight this action taken by President Obama’s handpicked agency.”

Them fighting words. In any case, if you see some Buckyballs lying around, snatch ’em up before they’re gone. [USA TodayReuters]

via Buckyballs Magnets Have Been Banned by the Feds.

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I have over (24) years of Computer Aided Drafting & Design experience and over (16) years of IT experience. After graduating high school I attended a Technical College and earned an Associate Degree in Drafting & Design. I then enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where I earned an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technologies. While attending the Univ. of Puerto Rico I worked as a freelance Drafter for a variety of architects and engineers. During my senior year I began to work for the firm Planning Management & Development in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Two years later I was offered the position at Mario Corsino & Associates, which later became InterGroup a medium size Civil Engineering, Architectural and Planning firm in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. At InterGroup I became assistant chief drafter where I was responsible for 20+ drafters & civil techs, and this is also where I began my IT training. In 2000 I decided to move to St. Petersburg, FL where I was hired as CAD Manager at Advanced Engineering & Design a small Civil Engineering firm established in 1998. Currently still employed by Advanced Engineering & Design I’m now the CAD/IT Manager. I have also continued to expand my knowledge base in both the IT & CADD fields through continued training, certifications, and attending Autodesk University. I’m currently an Autodesk Certified Professional proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and various other Autodesk products. I have been the President of the Tampa Bay Autodesk Users Group (TBAUG) since late 2007 and a member of Autodesk Users Group International (AUGI) since 1996. I have an A.S. Degree in Computer Networking , a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology Management and currently finishing work on my Masters in Computer Information Systems. I’m a licensed drafter in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. I hold certificates as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator, Cisco Networking Associate Professional and Linux Administrator.
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