ZEN MAGNETS GETS FINED FOR SELLING RECALLED PRODUCTS
Zen Magnets has to pay $10,000 for selling tiny spherical magnets that had been ordered recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to a court filing submitted on Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello also ordered the Denverbased company to destroy the remaining recalled inventory of about 400,000 BB-size magnets, worth about $40,000.
Since 2012, Zen Magnets owner Shihan Qu has fought a nationwide push by the CPSC to get powerful magnetic spheres off the market. The agency says the tiny magnets are dangerous to children because they can tear through their organs if swallowed.
Zen Magnets last week scored a major victory when a judge overturned the CPSC‘s ban on the type of magnets the company sold in sets intended to be molded together in sculptures or artistic designs.
Arguello set a $5.5 million penalty in the recall case, but reduced it because Zen could not afford the fine. “I think this was a message to other companies,” Qu said.
Qu is still taking pre-orders for magnet sets.
“I’m glad that this company is not over with,” he said, “because I happen to still love the magnets, despite what the CPSC put me through.”
Zen’s tiny magnetic balls have been questioned for safety.