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Magnet sets recalled


The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall alert of Buckyballs (R) High Powered Magnets Sets due to a violation of federal toy standards.

Approximately 175,000 sets were sold at a variety of stores, including stores selling children's toys, stationary and office supplies as well as online from March 2009 through March 2010.

The sets, labeled for children ages 13+, do not meet the toy standard which requires that such powerful magnets are not sold to children under 14. If more than one of these magnets is swallowed, the magnets are powerful enough to attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages.

The manufacturer, Maxfield and Oberton, LLC of New York, NY has received two reports of children swallowing magnets, but no serious injuries were reported.

Consumers should take the toy away from any child under the age of 15 and contact the Maxfield and Oberton for instructions on receiving a refund.

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