A federal judge has ordered Denver-based Zen Magnets to recall its BB-size magnetic spheres and offer refunds to customers. U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello also ordered the company to destroy any remaining magnetic spheres in its inventory, making permanent a 2015 preliminary injunction on their sale.
Zen Magnets purchased about 917,000 of the small magnetic spheres from a New Jersey company shortly before the manufacturer agreed to recall the magnets. Arguello ruled that Zen Magnets violated the Consumer Product Safety Act when it later resold the magnets.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission maintains the magnets are dangerous, citing nearly 3,000 incidents of children swallowing the 5-millimeter balls during a five-year period from 2009 through 2013. Some of the accidents required emergency surgery because if two or more balls are swallowed, they can bind intestinal tissue together.
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