Fidget Spinners Are Catching Fire, Choking Children

Ebony Scott
August 11, 2017

Originally used to help calm people with autism or sensory issues, fidget spinners were adopted by all kinds of children (and some adults) last spring. "The plastic and metal spinners can break and release small pieces that can be a choking hazard, and older children should not put fidget spinners in their mouths". Most notably, manufacturers have begun creating Bluetooth-equipped fidget spinners that can be connected to a smartphone to monitor spin rates and such.

CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle says the agency is investigating some reported incidents associated with the popular product, including fires involving battery-operated fidget spinners.

Following news of at least one fidget spinner exploding, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a statement of caution surrounding the popular toy.

Most spinners are considered general use, according to the CPSC, which means they are not subject to many regulations, although those with electronic components must follow existing rules for battery-operated toys.

CNN reports that, in May, a 10-year-old girl choked on part of her spinner and had to have surgery to have the part removed.

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Experts say parents should remind kids never to put fidget spinners in their mouths or play with them near anyone's face.

Some fidget spinners also have batteries in them to operate little lights, so if you have one of those, go make sure your smoke detectors are in working order right this minute! And don't charge it overnight while you're sleeping!

Consumers should be present when products with batteries are charging.

And in May, another battery-operated fidget spinner caught fire after being charged for less than half an hour, according to MI local TV station NBC 25 News. It added that they should only be charged using the cable they came with, or a cable with the "correct connections for charging".

Other reports by GizPress

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