Have you ever heard of Buckyballs?
They are really cool magnetic balls (earth magnets) that stick together, enabling you to make all kinds of fun shapes out of them. They are an instant cure for boredom.
On Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed suit against the manufacturer, Maxfield & Oberton, in an attempt to ban sales of Buckyballs. The federal organization cited risk of intestinal blockage if swallowed as the reason for their action.
Apparently, there have been at least 12 incidences of children swallowing the small, magnetic balls, with many needing surgery to remove them, because the balls stuck together in their intestines.
Reports of ingestion by children continue to increase, despite the fact that the CPSC issued a safety alert in November 2011.
Craig Zucker, founder and CEO of Maxfield & Oberton, responded by saying:
We are deeply disappointed that the CPSC has decided to go after our firm-and magnets in general. Magnets have been around for centuries and are used for all sorts of purposes. Our products are marketed to those 14 and above and out of over half a billion magnets in the market place CPSC has received reports of less than two-dozen cases of misuse. We worked with the Commission in order to do an education video less than nine months ago, so we are shocked they are taking this action. We find it unfair, unjust and un-American.
Many retailers, including Brookstone, Amazon, and even eBay, have ceased selling the Buckyballs after being contacted by CPSC and told to do so.
This is just another example of the federal government greatly overstepping its bounds.
Buckyballs were not marketed for children, which the company has made very clear.
This is purely a case of parent negligence and stupidity.
If you’re irresponsible enough to either give your child something that is marketed for people 14 and older or leave them where the kid can get them, then you’re a moron that should never have had kids to begin with.
I suppose that if parents are idiotic enough to give their children a knife or stapler, and the kid hurts themselves with it, that the parents would be screaming that the government needs to ban those items as well.
The whole thing is ridiculous.
If you want to show your support for manufacturer, the product is still available on the company’s website. What better way to give a great big “screw you” to the government than to buy some Buckyballs!
They even come in all kinds of fun colors, and they make great gifts. Who knows how long they’ll be available, so get yours today!
I ordered 2 sets and can’t wait to get ‘em.
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