WASHINGTON (AP) — High-powered rare earth magnet sets sold under the names Magnicube Spheres and Magnicube Cubes are being recalled because of the possibility of injury from swallowing them.
The recall is part of the settlement of a case filed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in December 2012 in which regulators sought a mandatory recall of Magnicube products made by Star Networks USA LLC.
Each package contains between 125 and 1,027 high-powered, magnetic balls and squares made in China. Approximately 22,000 sets were sold for between $20 and $80 on magnicube.com, Amazon and through Groupon.
The CPSC said that since 2009, it has received numerous reports of ingestions involving small, high-powered magnets, and many instances led to surgical procedures.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the products. They should also check for magnets that may have become separated from the set.
Star has agreed to provide a full refund to customers who return a full set of Magnicube Cubes or Magnicube Spheres. Those who return a partial set will receive a refund prorated based on the percentage of magnets returned.
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