Are Fidget Spinners Dangerous? Consumer Group Issues a Warning

Faith Castro
August 11, 2017

A fidget spinner, of course, is the simple toy you've probably spotted kids playing with at some point. In one case, a child reported their Bluetooth fidget spinner having caught fire and exploding after charging for about 40 minutes. Just last month, a family in California claimed that a fidget spinner began to smoke while charging.

The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has a new "guidance" out with a page explaining how to safely spin a toy.

A United States government body has released safety guidance for battery-operated fidget spinners, following incidents of the toys catching fire.

As we've previously reported, fidget spinners have evolved from their modest designs with mechanical parts to include internal batteries that power bluetooth speakers, lights, and other features.

As a result, Buerkle is advising buyers to take some precautions; keep them from small children; 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. And that poses a problem, because if there's a battery inside a thing, that thing can catch fire when you least expect it. Primarily, fidget spinners have small parts that children can choke on.

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It noted that youth as old as 14 years have experienced choking incidents, and recommended that children under three not be given any access to the toys.

Additionally, users should always use the cable that comes with the spinner or make sure to use a cable with the correct connections.

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.

The CPSC also warns that there are all sorts of regulations fidget spinner manufacturers must adhere to in order to legally sell their product in the market.

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