Feds sue to take Zen Magnet toys off market

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal consumer safety officials are filing a complaint against a second company over desktop magnet toys for adults that pose a danger to children and teenagers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is targeting Zen Magnets -- a company that sells the tiny but powerful magnets that can be molded into different shapes.

The commission says teens are using the magnets to mimic tongue, lip or cheek piercings. If accidentally swallowed, the magnets can pinch intestinal walls, leading to infection or even death.

The agency wants to stop the sale of the desktop toy magnets entirely. Other companies have agreed. But Zen Magnets and the company Maxfield and Oberton, which markets "Buckeyballs," are challenging the complaints. Zen says its product has never injured anyone. A law judge will hear the complaints.


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  • by Just Say-In on Aug 7, 2012 at 06:33 PM
    OK so let get this straight, an adult novelty toy should be taken off the market because it poses a risk to children. Then why don't they take prescription medication off the market? Same concept. Once again Federal Government stepping in worrying about something they need not be involved in. Run the country and stop medaling in our lives on every little thing. Oh wait a minute thats what Liberal Democrats do: Big Government & Government Intrusion / Control. Vote Libretarian!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2012 at 03:36 PM
    The problem with the Feds is they are speculating and don't have a foot to stand on. I ordered a few boxes and in support of Buckeyballs. You can order on line.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2012 at 06:40 AM in reply to
      Thanks, I'm ordering, too. And don't you love how cell phones cause cancer but every baby gets one to play with so mom won't have to interact? Let's take those kids away from their destructive and harmful parents. This could just go on and on. Oh and the teens? They are weird and will always do crazy stuff. We did, our parents did, and yet most of us made it just fine. Darwin was on to something...
  • by Wow on Aug 7, 2012 at 02:55 PM
    Gotta keep those GJ teens from snorting magnets. Magnets would cause their little brains to stick to together.
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