The magnetic balls that are sold as adult desk toys under the names of Buckyballs, Zen Balls, and NeoCube, among others, have been shown to cause serious damage when swallowed by children. If a child you love has suffered blockage, organ perforation, or other injuries after swallowing these small magnetic balls, you may be entitled to pursue compensation in a dangerous products lawsuit.
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Buckyballs are small magnetic balls roughly the size of BBs that are sold in lots of 100 and are marketed as playthings for adult desks. The balls are also sold under the brand names of Zen Magnets and NeoCube, the original toys that came to market in 2008. The balls are made of the rare-earth mineral neodymium, and are roughly 15 times stronger than average magnets. When swallowed, these balls can cause severe damage to the stomach or intestines, leading to life-threatening complications in mere hours.
A recent study based on reports from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and nutrition investigated results from 354 pediatric gastroenterologists who had treated a total of 480 cases where teens or children swallowed the magnetic balls between 2008 and 2012. 204 of the reported incidents occurred in just the past year. Researchers found that 80 percent of the children or teens required either endoscopy or surgery and that several of the victims needed to have portions of their bowels removed, which can cause a lifetime of complications. The magnets are particularly dangerous when two or more are swallowed, because they attract to each other and may cause tissue damage or even organ perforation. More than fifty percent of the cases involved children under the age of six, while roughly 16 percent involved teens, who often use the magnets to mimic tongue, lip, and nose piercings. According to Marsha Kay, M.D., chairwoman of the department of pediatric gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s hospital, “When children swallow other foreign bodies such as coins, pins or jewelry, typically less than 1 percent of them require surgical intervention, so the incidence of significant complications is much higher with these magnets.”
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed a rare administrative complaint, requesting a voluntary recall by all companies that make and sell the dangerous magnetic ball toys. The last time the CPSC took action like this was more than 11 years ago, when they requested a recall of BB guns made by Daisy Manufacturing. Of the 12 companies that make these toys, 11 complied, removing their products from stores and offering refunds for purchased toys. The company that makes Buckyballs, however, Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, refuses to comply with the request.
The CPSC’s proposal is strongly supported by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. A hearing which will result in the determination whether or not to recall the toys is pending.
If a child you love has been harmed after playing with or swallowing magnetic balls, you need to know that you have the right to pursue compensation in a dangerous products lawsuit. Attorneys at our law firm are highly experienced in defective product liability litigation, and we never charge our clients a penny unless we help them recover just compensation for their damages. To learn more about your rights and how we will protect them, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a free legal consultation.
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