CPSC ignores public, selects nuclear option against Zen Magnets
In a continued uphill war against the sale of rare-earth magnets, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched it's second adminstrative complaint lawsuit of the past decade against Zen Magnets LLC on August 6, 2012.
Aug. 10, 2012 - PRLog -- In a continued uphill war against the sale of rare-earth magnets, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched it's second adminstrative complaint lawsuit of the past decade against Zen Magnets LLC on August 6, 2012. The first was issued on July 25 against Maxfield & Oberton, the distributor of Buckyballs, the leading brand of magnet spheres on the market. Zen Magnets are reputed as the high-end brand in the industry of magnet spheres that are typically used for sculpting and manipulation. The complaint against Zen Magnets also marks the very first time the CPSC is attempting to ban a product through litigation, prior to record of injury. The complaint seeks an order that the firm stop selling Zen Magnets and recall their product.
The CPSC says 11/13 firms have agreed to stop selling magnet spheres, but is quiet about the fact that the 11 hold a minority marketshare in the magnet sphere industry. Maxfield & Oberton (Buckyballs)
This aggressive administrative complaint served by the CPSC follows the viral statement that Zen Magnets founder Shihan Qu made, publicly refusing the CPSC's voluntary recall request on http://ZenMagnets.com. The statement gained an audience of fifty thousand in merely twenty four hours on reddit.com. In a forum of over six hundred (http://goo.gl/
However, public opinion continues to fall on deaf ears at the CPSC despite the most severe negative public reaction in the organization's history. Commissioner Adler mentioned in a CPSC webcast on Aug 9 that he has recieved over one thousand emails from people asking why magnets are being targeted instead of higher risk products such as balloons. The consumer watchdog group, which rarely recieves public backlash, also faces a petition with over two thousand signatures at http://savemagnets.com; signers hopes to pressure the CPSC into pulling the administrative complaints against Buckyballs and Zen Magnets and retract stop-sale requests sent to manufacturers and retailers. Over forty letters have also been published on the ZenMagnets.com website, written by supporters. Additionally, Congressman Charles B. Rangel has sent a letter (http://goo.gl/
If the Consumer Product Safety Commission succeeds in the Administrative Complaints against Zen Magnets and Buckyballs, rare earth magnet spheres will be more difficult to purchase than live ammunition in the US.