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CPSC Files Complaint to Force Distributor to Cease Selling Magnets

By Renee Nordstrand on December 28, 2012

The product liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Renee J. Nordstrand have been following the ongoing story of dangerous high-powered rare-earth magnet sets that have been the focus of serious injuries to children and teens. If swallowed, these magnets can attract one another and cause the puncture, damage, and obstruction of the digestive system.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received thousands of reports since 2009 involving children and teens swallowing the magnets. Some of these children had to undergo emergency surgery to extract the magnets and repair severe intestinal damage.

After conferring with the various manufacturers and distributors of these dangerous magnet toys, the commission initially got 11 of them to voluntarily agree to stop selling the magnet sets; however, a few holdouts remained, and the CPSC lodged administrative complaints to force them to stop selling these defective products.

The latest complaint was filed against Star Networks USA, LLC, the distributor of Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes. The manufacturer had previously agreed to voluntarily recall the magnets, but later reneged on that agreement, according to the CPSC. This is the third company the commission has lodged an extremely rare administrative complaint against. The two other toy magnet companies targeted by CPSC administrative complaints have agreed to recall the products and to cease selling them.

Manufacturers have a duty to make products that are safe for consumers. Unfortunately, sometimes the bottom-line takes precedence over safety. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a defective or defectively designed product, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Renée J. Nordstrand can explain your legal options and will work tirelessly to see that you get the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Southern California Offices in Santa Barbara (805) 962-2022 for a free review of your case. We’re here to help.