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CPSC Sues Magnet Maker, Cites Risks

Thursday, 09 Aug 2012 11:52 AM


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed an administrative complaint against Zen Magnets of Denver, alleging the company’s products contain defects in the design, packaging, warnings and instructions that pose “a substantial risk of injury to the public.”
The complaint seeks to stop the firm from selling Zen Magnets Rare Earth Magnet Balls, notify the public of the defect and offer consumers a full refund.
Eleven manufacturers and importers of sets of small, powerful, individual magnets – made in China – have voluntarily agreed to the CPSC's requests that they stop the manufacture, import, distribution and sale of their magnet products. Zen Magnets and Maxfield & Oberton – importer of Buckyballs and Buckycubes – are the only companies that have refused to comply.
Zen Magnets are powerful, chrome-plated, magnet balls made in China and sold online in sets of 72, 216, and 1,728.
The CPSC noted when two or more magnets are swallowed, they can pinch or trap the intestinal walls or other digestive tissue between them, resulting in injuries and potentially serious health consequences. The CPSC has received reports of tweens and teenagers using similar products to mimic piercings of the tongue, lip or cheek which have resulted in the products being accidentally inhaled and swallowed.
In a statement posted on the company’s Website, Zen Magnets Founder Shihan Qu argued that its products pose no hazards, have not been linked to any ingestion injuries and are not marketed or sold as toys.
“Obviously we are being punished because children have regretfully misused our competitor's magnets, which are similar in size and strength to ours,” Qu said, adding that the magnets carry “ingestion warnings.”
The CPSC complaint alleged that in 2009 and 2010, the firm advertised and marketed its products as "fun to play with" magnets that "look good on cute people." It also alleges Zen Magnets warnings and labeling are defective because they do not effectively communicate the hazard associated with ingestion of the product.
For more information on the CPSC action and other product safety information, visit www.cpsc.gov.


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