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Star Networks USA recalling all Magnicube Spheres, Magnicube Cubes for ingestion hazard

WASHINGTON - High-powered rare earth magnet sets sold under the names Magnicube Spheres and Magnicube Cubes are being recalled because of the possibility of injury from swallowing them.

The recall is part of the settlement of a case filed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in December 2012 in which regulators sought a mandatory recall of Magnicube products made by Star Networks USA LLC.

Each package contains between 125 and 1,027 high-powered, magnetic balls and squares made in China. Approximately 22,000 sets were sold for between $20 and $80 on magnicube.com, Amazon and through Groupon.

The CPSC said that since 2009, it has received numerous reports of ingestions involving small, high-powered magnets, and many instances led to surgical procedures.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the products. They should also check for magnets that may have become separated from the set.

Star has agreed to provide a full refund to customers who return a full set of Magnicube Cubes or Magnicube Spheres. Those who return a partial set will receive a refund prorated based on the percentage of magnets returned.

Consumers can contact the company at www.magnicube.com to request a refund.

The settlement resolves CPSC allegations that the Magnicube Spheres and Magnicube Cubes create a substantial hazard. Star Networks USA LLC disputed the allegations, but has agreed to the recall to settle the complaint.

Magnetic products have been recalled for similar reasons in the past.

April 2013 the CPSC said that Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Brookstone, Marbles the Brain Store, ThinkGeek and Hallmark retailers were recalling "Buckyballs" and "Buckycubes" magnet sets after the CPSC received 54 reports of children and teens ingesting them, with all but one of those cases requiring medical intervention.

In 2012 the CPSC said that 11 manufacturers and importers of Zen Magnets' desktop magnet toys agreed to voluntarily take them off the market.

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