This year the popular magnets Buckyballs and Buckycubes were voluntarily recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as part of a settlement with a case filed by CPSC in 2012 leaving Zen Magnets the only distributor of magnetic spheres in the United States.

Zen Magnet founder Shihan Qu released a video on November 17, 2014 refuting the CPSC’s claims that has since gone viral.


The CPSC announced the recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes to protect “children and teenagers from the risk of injury that can occur when multiple magnets are ingested” after receiving complaints beginning in 2009, some cases required surgery afterwards to remove the magnets.

Not only has the product been recalled and banned nationwide, Buckyballs founder Craig Zucker will have to fund a recall trust of the creative magnet sets that are labeled not for children.

CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop use of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes and check for magnets that have become separated from the set. Funds provided by Mr. Zucker will be used to provide a refund to consumers who own and return these magnetic sets. Refunds will be processed through a Recall Trust that will be funded by Mr. Zucker, but created and controlled by CPSC.”

Zucker disputed to CPSC’s claims, but agreed to pay for the recall.


Shihan Qu has since pledged to fight against the product ban citing democracy, bureaucracy and common sense.

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