Consumer Product Safety Commission Attacks Successful Company

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, like most nanny-state bureaucrats, are bad at math. They are good at knee jerk emotional reactions though.

Statistically speaking, Buckyballs, the magnetic desk toy sold by Maxfield & Oberton, is no more dangerous any number of household products intended for adult use. Yet the CPSC is seeking to ban the product outright even though it is blanketed with warnings that it may be dangerous for children.

The small spherical rare-earth magnets, if swallowed, can cause serious damage to intestinal tract and stomach. However in the hands of people smart enough not to eat them or give them to children, they are perfectly safe.

USAToday reports:

CPSC filed a lawsuit last week declaring Buckyballs too risky for sale, citing several cases where children who swallowed the tiny magnets required surgery to have them removed. In its complaint, CPSC said warning labels didn’t work because the hundreds of tiny magnets can’t be labeled and the boxes are thrown away.

Representative Mary Bono-Mack (R-CA) injected a little perspective and sanity into the debate.

“While I’m very concerned about the dangers posed by these magnets, where do you draw the line?” Mack said in a statement. “There are countless products intended for adults only that can harm our kids if they fall in the wrong hands. You can’t ban everything.”

Or can you?

Maxfield & Oberton are not going down without a fight though. They’ve even written an open letter to President Obama in a full page Washington Post ad which also appears on the company’s blog.

Over the past two years, the CPSC didn’t dispute that our products had the proper warnings or safety program in place and even acknowledged that our products are safe for adults and should not be given to children. In fact, they have commended us for our warnings, safety program, and educational website: But suddenly, the CPSC says that warnings aren’t good enough anymore and they simply want us to go out of business, thereby eliminating the jobs of our employees, sales reps and some retailers.

The same agency that relies on reasonable warnings for many other products in the marketplace now believes the American public can’t be relied upon to heed the warnings on our products.

The CPSC can’t have it both ways.

The problem here is they can have it both ways. They’re the government. They can have it as many ways as they want to. Common sense does not live in Washington, DC.

  • Chris sims

    Maybe they could make the Bucky balls the size of basketballs but your only allowed to buy one with a license , with a letter from your congress man, promise never to carry it concealed and have a doctors note then maybe the present administration would let you buy one. Come more regulations will keep you safe , hey are you carrying a plastic spork gonna have to turn you in you three year old republican.

  • Joyce Hunter

    CPSC and EPA and so many other “agencies” need to be wiped out and their over-regulation rescinded. What a boon in business we would see!

  • Stan Wald

    It’s time to start a ban on Congress. They have demonstrated that they are unhealthy for a free society.

  • Dianna Bowcock

    Give it a break, REALLY!!!!!!!!! How stupid are people these days

  • Monty Farrell Stamps

    Well Sure, Anyone with a Better Mouse-Trap will be gone after by This Government !!!

  • Linda Foresyth

    Maybe they should just issue an IQ test to anyone purchasing the device…the police state needs to stop, this is really ridiculous.

  • Suzanne Ferris

    That’s not congress. It’s a government agency. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

    • David

      WOW…I am IMPRESSED!!! If we could just increase the size of this agency to say 500,000 employees and free reign to enact law, just think….WE COULD ELIMINATE DEATH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • rick

      And who is going to protect us from CPSC? This agency needs to get it’s OWN children.

  • Kerwin Davenport

    I think banning Congress is a good start , just collateral damage :+)

  • Colleen Whipple

    This is a desk “toy.” Maybe a warning label indicating age-appropriateness and to keep out of reach of children. Are marbles banned yet?

  • Russell Chennault

    The consumer Product safety commission is worthless , tons of toys from china come in and they do nothing.

  • Tj Berry

    How about let’s get real & just ban all the frankenfood.

  • Russ Gibson

    These look like a lot of fun!

  • Bornonthe Fourthofjuly

    Wanna find out what’s really going on? Perhaps we should find out who the heads of the company are and who they pissed off in the political theater. This attack is stupid because if we went by that logic all legos would have to be banned. There’s more to this story than what is currently revealed.

  • Tim Martin

    CPSC is just another corrupt government agency rattling their sabres.They have no intent to protect us,. . they are about justifying their jobs!

  • James Damron

    Obama is using his power to try to destroy his political enemies.

  • Cynthia McBride

    If you are stupid enough to eat non-food items, maybe that is just another way of ‘culling the herd’?

  • Dave Carvell

    More proof the country is run by idiots.

  • William R. Shaneyfelt

    Swallowing marbles can also be hazardous… Will marbles be next? What about Legos? What about thousands of kinds of pills? What about coins? What about thousands of other small swallow-possible items on store shelves? The regulators are power-crazy.