Zen Magnets Presents CPSC with Petition to Cease Magnet Prohibition
In both lawsuits, CPSC described the risks: "If two or more of the magnets are ingested and the magnetic forces of the magnets pull them together the magnets can pinch or trap the intestinal walls or other digestive tissue between them, resulting in acute and long-term health consequences. … Such conditions can lead to infection, sepsis and death."
Zen's warning on the products' packaging now warns consumers to "place swallowing magnets on your don't do list along with breathing water, drinking poison and running into traffic."
In his petition, Qu points out that while more than two million sets of Buckyballs were sold over three years, less than two dozen injuries injuries were reported. Zen has had no reports involving its product. Qu compared Zen's clean slate to higher numbers of children dying from choking on food and drowning.
"The CPSC is a necessary organization in the protection of consumers, but by pushing for an unfair ban that's drastically inconsistent with the hazards of other products, the CPSC wastes federal tax dollars, and dilutes the strength, power and reputation of their organization," Qu said in his petition. "Not only do they endanger a product with proven educational, therapeutic and artistic benefits, they endanger your rights and liberties. The CPSC has the power to immediately stop targeting the magnet-sphere industry, and if thousands of Americans voiced their concerns, they would be forced to listen.
"The CPSC may have the best intentions in trying to protect kids, but a one-size-fits-all ban is not the right way to go about it. Just as is the case with firearms, swimming pools and balloons, the solution to the safety problem is education and not prohibition. When it comes to product safety, every one of the links is responsible: companies, parents, children."