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6:28 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Farewell, Buckyballs: Consumer agency files suit against magnetic toys

Buckyballs.
CPSC

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 3:58 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued its first stop-sale order in 11 years, saying the magnetic toys called Buckyballs "pose a substantial risk of injury to the public," Reuters is reporting.

The CPSC has been trying to curb injuries with this toy since 2010, when it issued a recall of Buckyballs intended for those 14 years and younger. But those efforts haven't helped, the agency said when it announced that it has filed a complaint seeking to stop the company from selling the product.

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Consumer Safety
5:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Tacoma man not alone with grill brush horror story

Images from CT scans and an X-ray show grill bristles lodged in people's digestive tract.
Centers for Disease Control

Federal regulators are looking into a health hazard that sent a Tacoma man to the hospital over the weekend.

Adam Wojtanowicz ate a grilled steak, and ended up in surgery. It had nothing to do with the meat, or even cooking with fire – no, Wojtanowicz actually ingested a metal bristle from the wire brush used to clean the grill. That little whisker of steel can wreak havoc on the digestive system, puncturing intestines or other organs. 

It turns out to be a rare but not unique injury.

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