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Small magnets finally being recalled after legal battle

Children are some of Minnesota's most valuable assets. They are the future and need protection. Parents and guardians will often do everything they can to keep children safe from harm. Minnesotans often trust that the products they have in their homes will be safe for their children, especially those designed to be toys. However, every now and then, poorly designed products hit the marketplace and lead to serious injuries to consumers - including to children.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, one such product has been on the market for years. The CPSC has worked since July 2012 to get Buckyballs recalled and out of the hands of consumers. Buckyballs are small, powerful magnets. According to the manufacturer, the product was not meant for children, but for adults.

However, many of these magnets fell into the hands of children and were swallowed. If more than one magnet was swallowed, the powerful magnets would rip through internal flesh in order to join together. Experts say they essentially acted as bullets without the external wounds.

Despite being defunct, the owner of the company that made this product has finally agreed to a recall following a suit by the CPSC. Under the terms of the settlement between the former company's owner and the CPSC, the owner will place $375,000 into a recall trust. This trust will be managed by the CPSC in order to get these products off the market.

Product design defects that lead to injuries to Minnesota residents should not be tolerated. Companies that poorly design or manufactured consumer goods should be held responsible if injuries occur. In cases of injuries - particularly to children - Minnesota residents should make sure they understand their legal rights. By filing a products liability suit, people may be entitled to compensation for the injuries they have suffered.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Feds Reach Settlement Agreement To Recall Buckyballs," Kate Sheppard, May 12, 2014

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