Melville, NY (PRWEB) June 23, 2012
Attorneys Andres Alonso and David Krangle, founding partners of Alonso Krangle LLP, a national law firm focused on child safety, applaud Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for her recent letter urging federal safety regulators to ban the sale of toys made with high-powered Neodymium magnets. In a letter to Inez Tennenbaum, Commissioner of the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Senator Gillibrand points out that while such magnet toys are marketed to children over the age of 14, injury reports indicate that these products are getting into the hands of younger children. Swallowing a high-powered Neodymium magnet can result in serious injuries, including bowel ulcerations, intestinal damage, blood poisoning and even death. [gillibrand.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/gillibrand-urges-feds-to-ban-the-sale-of-dangerous-high-powered-toy-magnets_]
According the Senator, there have been at least 43 incidents of children and toddlers who accidentally swallowed these magnets since 2010. This year has already recorded 19 reported incidents of children who accidentally ingested these magnets. In March, for example, a 3-year-old girl sustained three holes in her lower intestine and one in her stomach after swallowing 37 high-powered Buckyballs magnets.
The CPSC issued a recall for Buckyballs magnet toys in March 2010 that were incorrectly marked for ages 13 and older, a violation of toy labeling standards. Other manufacturers, including MegaBrands Inc, the maker of Magnetix toys, have issued several recalls following serious injuries to children. According to Senator Gillibrand, the CPSC has also responded to the risks posed by these toys by alerting consumers through an ad campaign and by placing warning labels on the magnets' packaging. [cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10251.html; cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml07/07164.html]
Alonso Krangle LLP has already filed several lawsuits on behalf of children who allegedly sustained serious injuries following ingestion of high-powered magnet toys. (Case No. 30-2012-568280 & Case No. 30-2012-568300 Lawsuits filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, MEGA Brands of America Defendant). The firm’s attorneys agree with Senator Gillibrand’s assertion that the current warnings on their packaging have not reduced the number of injuries associated with these products. It is time for the CPSC to ban the sale of Neodymium magnets in retail stores and limit use to professional use only.
Alonso Krangle LLP offers free lawsuit evaluations to families whose children sustained serious injuries due to high-powered magnet toys. To discuss a potential claim with one of the experienced and compassionate child safety lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com.
About Alonso Krangle LLP
Andres Alonso and David Krangle, attorneys with almost 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant product liability cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, qui tam/whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A national law firm representing injured victims throughout the U.S., Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and plans to open additional locations in New Jersey.
For more information about Alonso Krangle or to join the fight and be a part of our team, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com.
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