By Joe Messa
Consumer safety officials and personal injury attorneys have filed a second complaint against Zen Magnets in an attempt to force a desktop magnet toy for adults off the market. Zen Magnets are tiny magnets that can be molded into different shapes. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the magnets can cause injuries to children who also play with them and to teenagers who use them to mimic tongue, lip, or cheek piercings. If Zen Magnets are accidentally swallowed or inhaled, they can pinch internal tissue, causing infection or even death.
Although the magnets are not made for children, the CPSC said in its complaint that the company advertises the magnets as “fun to play with,” and even referred to them in some packaging inserts as a “strong magnetic toy.” Therefore, injuries to children could occur if children perceived the Zen Magnets as a fun toy with which they could play. The CPSC maintains that these types of magnets are hazardous products and that it’s claims are not against Zen, but against the product as a whole. Two weeks ago, the CPSC filed a similar complaint against Maxfield and Oberton, the manufacturer of “Buckyballs” magnets. So far, 11 manufacturers and importers of the magnets have agreed voluntarily to take them off the market. At least a dozen children have swallowed magnets since 2009, the CPSC said, and some required surgery.
Typically the CPSC works with companies to stop the sale of dangerous products. It is rare that the commission will move to remove a product from the market entirely. None of the incidents involved those sold by Zen Magnets.
Thousands of children in the United States are injured as a result of defective products each year. Many of these injuries could have been avoided if safety measures had been taken or if manufacturers of defective products properly warned parents of the risks involved with using a product.
Injuries to children involving the use of a dangerous or defective product can result in severe, catastrophic injuries including brain injuries, burns, paralysis, amputation and death.
The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving product liability and injuries to children. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If your child has suffered an injury as a result of a defective product or has endured any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More