Have Buckyballs or Buckycubes? Refunds Are Now Available!

Have Buckyballs or Buckycubes? Refunds Are Now Available!
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July 18, 2014

Owners of Buckyballs and Buckycubes can now obtain refunds. These loose, high powered magnets pose a deadly risk to young children, tweens, and teens, if ingested. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to immediately stop use of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes.

Consumers may receive a refund no greater than the purchase price of the product, and partial refunds may be provided depending on the number of magnets returned. Consumers have until January 17, 2015 to submit refund requests.

From 2009 to the present, CPSC staff has received numerous incident reports of ingestions involving Buckyballs and Buckycubes, many of which required surgery. This recall is intended to protect children and teenagers from the risk of injury that can occur when more than one magnet is ingested.

This refund program is being managed by a Trustee, who was selected by CPSC staff. The Recall Trust, which is controlled by CPSC, is being funded by Craig Zucker, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Funds provided by Zucker to the Recall Trust have been used to establish the recall website.

In July 2012, CPSC staff filed an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, LLC seeking a recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes. CPSC amended that complaint in May 2013 to add Craig Zucker, individually, after Maxfield and Oberton Holdings was dissolved. CPSC staff and Zucker, individually and as an officer of Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, reached a settlement agreement that includes the recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes and ends the legal proceeding. The Commission approved the settlement agreement on May 9, 2014.

It is illegal under federal law for any person to sell, offer for sale, manufacture, distribute in commerce or import into the United States any Buckyballs or Buckycubes.