Buckyballs: have you heard of them? They are these fun powerful rare-earth magnetic balls that can be shaped, molded, torn apart and snapped together in UNLIMITED WAYS. These magnets are the ultimate desk toy (think silly putty for adults) — perfect for fiddling and playing with during meetings and during the lull of a work day. While these toys are super fun for adults, they are extremely dangerous around kids.
When two or more Buckyballs (or similar magnets) are swallowed they can attract to one another through the stomach and intestinal walls resulting in serious injuries, intestinal blockage, blood poisoning and possible death.
I had bought my husband a set of rare-earth magnets to play with during the work day. Since he now works primarily at home and the majority of his desk toys are sitting in our study downstairs, I’ve asked him to throw them out. I’d rather be safe than sorry!
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is taking actions to stop the sell of Buckyballs and similar rare-earth magnet products (see more on this in the gallery below).
While I have toddlers, and the last thing I want is for them to get a hold of these, at the end of the day – the safety issue lies at the hands of the adults. Watch your toddlers and keep them away from Buckyballs and other similar products.
More on Buckyballs Safety and the CPSC Situation:
3 Year Old Swallows 37 Rare Earth Magnets 1 of 4
This little 3 year old had to have emergency surgery after swallowing 37 rare earth magnets.
(Adult) Fun with Bucky Balls 2 of 4
This shows some of the fun to be had by adults with Buckyballs
Doctor Discusses Magnet Danger 3 of 4
Dr. Pershad discusses the dangers of rare earth magnets and children swallowing them.
Buckyballs Fight To Stay Alive 4 of 4
Buckyballs has a "Save Our Balls" campaign to help stir up support against the CPSC.
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