The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is busting balls. To be more exact they have decided to go after Maxfield & Oberton, the maker of an ADULT DESK TOY called BUCKYBALLS.
What makes the CPSC actions so egregious, though, is that they are going after a company that by all accounts has been a responsible partner doing everything in their power to ensure their product is sold strictly to its intended market as well as educating its consumers.
The CPSC, meanwhile, has had a history of allowing toxic and unsafe children's products enter the United States from companies that, well let's just say that couldn't give a damn of what they are selling here or the damage they have inflicted upon unsuspecting children.
Seems to me that this is a classic example of where government regulation fails the system and discourages free enterprise.
Now to be perfectly clear here - Buckyballs in the wrong hands can be dangerous. They are powerful magnets that can harm children (or adults for that matter) if swallowed. But that is exactly why Maxfield and Oberton have put no less than FIVE WARNINGS on their product packaging in addition to taking a proactive position in educating consumers on magnetic products.
As a former a design engineer I am impressed with the level of attention given this product. Especially since there have been occasions in my own employment history where a few business owners valued profit over quality or safety. Sadly these type of people exist and consumers must remain vigilant. As they say - Buyer Beware!
As for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, yes I believe that they have a role in safeguarding consumers. However, what people don't realize is that they are woefully understaffed and can in no way keep up with the influx of product. As such, they need to work smarter rather than going after companies that have exhibited a willingness to go above and beyond the prevailing compliance standards.
Trust me - it is much rarer than you think when it comes to companies going above and beyond the minimum.