Jan. 17 Marks Refund Deadline for Buckyball, Buckycube Magnet Sets

Jan. 17 Marks Refund Deadline for Buckyball, Buckycube Magnet Sets
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January 16, 2015

If you have any Buckyballs or Buckycubes you've been meaning to return for a refund, you should probably plan to swing by the post office.

Jan. 17 marks the deadline to return the recalled toys, which must be done through the mail, regardless of where they were purchased.

The toys, which include hundreds of small, high-powered magnets, were recalled in May 2014 as part of a settlement with manufacturer Craig Zucker.

In 2012 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed an administrative complaint to compel the company to recall the product after numerous reports of children and teenagers swallowing the magnets. In some cases, the magnets became stuck in their digestive systems and required surgical removal.

To receive a refund, consumers must fill out a claim form and mail it, along with the product, by Jan. 17. Claim forms that are filed online by Jan. 17 will be eligible for a refund, but the product must still be returned by mail and include a copy of the signed form.

Customers will be reimbursed for reasonable costs of shipping via USPS First Class mail. Products must be sent in a bubble-wrap envelope or small box with all magnets secured in a sealed bag.

While it is not illegal to own a set of Buckyballs or Buckycubes, given the safety hazards for young children and teenagers, the CPSC is urging consumers to return the product for safe disposal.

If you miss the deadline, don't try selling the set on Craigslist or Facebook. Selling a recalled item is against the law.