The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just banned the sale of Buckyballs, those magic magnets that can be shaped any which way, because the balls are a serious health hazard for children. It's the first stop-sale order by the CPSC in 11 years.
Update: The CPSC contacted us saying that the CPSC is "actually suing the firm to stop sale and to issue a recall of the product." Which means, Buckyballs isn't banned quite yet. However, the CPSC is still moving forward with a lawsuit that is seeking a stop-sale of Buckyballs (its first stop-sale in 11 years).
Retailers like Amazon, Urban Outfitters and Brookstone have already agreed to stop selling Buckyballs (and similar products) and the CSPC has ordered distributor Maxfield and Oberton Holdings of New York to halt sales and issue refunds for the rare earth magnets. The CSPC said that Buckyballs are a "substantial product hazard" and are concerned by the injuries it causes to kids who swallow them: