A Holiday Gift-Giving Warning
As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a stark but necessary warning for shoppers regarding trendy, high-powered magnet desk toys aimed at adults — keep them out of kids’ hands. The CPSC has noticed a surge in the number of reported incidents in the last several years — from one in 2009 to 14 through October of this year alone.
The powerful magnetic ball bearings, such as BuckyBalls and Nanospheres, pose a very potent threat to children because they are small enough to be ingested, and if multiple magnets are swallowed, they attract one another and can create a range of serious injuries, including holes through internal organs, blood poisoning and death. The CPSC stated that victims’ ages range from 18 months to 15 years old, as teenagers have recently been using the magnets to simulate tongue, nose and cheek piercings.
Share this CPSC video with your kids to let them know that these magnets are not toys and that magnetic piercings can be dangerous.
If someone in your family has been harmed by swallowing high-powered magnetic desk toys, you will want the best and most experienced legal representation. Osborn Machler is one of the most knowledgeable and successful legal firms in the nation in dealing with magnetic product liability and personal injury cases. In 2005, the firm filed a case on behalf of the family of a 22-month-old Redmond, Wash., boy who died after swallowing eight magnets that had come apart from one of his toys. This case established Osborn Machler a leader in magnetic litigation and resulted in: