On May 27, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Maxfield and Oberton LLC announced a safety recall of approximately 175,000 Buckyballs High Powered Magnets Set toys, as the magnet sets do not meet the mandatory federal standards for magnetic toys. If swallowed or inhaled, the high-powered magnets pose a safety risk to young children, especially if more than one magnet is swallowed and the magnets attract each other internally and cause potentially fatal intestinal perforations or blockages.
The recall affects all Buckyballs magnet sets containing 216 powerful rare earth magnets. Buckyballs packaging indicates that the toys are intended for "Ages 13+," but mandatory standards require that powerful magnets are not sold to children under 14. The manufacturing company has received two reports of the magnets being swallowed.
The magnet toy sets were sold in toy stores, stationery stores, office supply retailers, and online from March 2009 through March 2010.
Consumers are advised to take the recalled toys away from children under 14 immediately and contact the company at 888-847-8716 to receive a refund.