President Obama, nanny in chief of the U.S. is still out to kill the magnetic ball industry.
From the Denver Post: From a cramped two-room office in southeast Denver, Shihan Qu is
fighting a battle with the federal government over tiny magnetic balls.
The 26-year-old entrepreneur is the founder of Zen Magnets. The
Consumer Product Safety Commission takes a dim view of the powerful
magnets, which it says can cause severe injuries if accidentally
Unable to afford an attorney for a protracted legal battle, Qu is
preparing to take on the commission himself after the agency took a
rarely used legal action to stop Zen Magnets and its largest competitor,
Maxfield & Oberton's Buckyballs, from selling the magnets.....
"I feel like there are people at the CPSC who just want some heads on
a mantle," Qu said of the agency's move to stop sales of the product.
"If they ban magnets, it's the start of a slippery slope of absolving
parents of their responsibility to heed warnings."
Qu said that not a single injury is known to have been caused from
the 57,000 sets of magnets his firm has sold since its founding in 2009.
He acknowledges the potential of injury but says Zen Magnets are not
intended to be used as children's toys, and even if they are, should be
used only under parental supervision.
If you are a parent, don't buy these magnetic balls. But if you choose to buy the magnets, make sure you keep the small kids away.
The government said 6100 cases of swallowing the magnets in the past 3 years. While that may sound like a lot, that's only 2000 a year. How many kids have swallowed coins in that time period? Should we ban coins? According to a 1998 Chicago Tribune article, it said about 21,000 kids went to the emergency rooms because of swallowing. It's probably even higher now. So, why not ban coins because kids swallow them?
But this is par for the course for the nanny in chief- ban a business because people are so stupid that they can't take care of themselves or their kids.
Good luck to Mr. Qu in his fight against the nannies of the CPSC.