CPSC issues safety alert about fidget spinners

Safety Regulators Issue Safety Alert For Still-Popular Fidget Spinners

It's great to have a new idea for some technology and then watch it go for a spin, as was the case with fidget spinners. Consumers should always be present when the product is charging, never charge it overnight and always use the cable it came with, the statement said. If their recommendations on the obsolescing toy seem uninspired, well, we've been here before.

The agency recommends that parents keep fidget spinners away from children under the age of 3. The most notable of these accidents happened in May, when a 10-year-old girl from Texas needed surgery to remove a bearing from her throat.

Unplug your fidget spinner immediately once it is fully charged. You can imagine the eyeroll that accompanied the writing of that sentence.

The CPSC listed ways to ensure the toy is being used safely.

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.

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The CPSC reports that there have been reports of children as old as 14 experiencing choking incidents with fidget spinners.

The agency also issued safety guidance on battery-operated fidget spinners.

Following several incidents in which it became increasingly clear that toys-of-the-moment fidget spinners weren't just exploding in popularity, but actually exploding, federal safety regulators have issued a safety alert aimed at reducing the potential for injuries and fire hazards associated with the gadgets. I'm not exaggerating: One of the CPSC's safety tips is to check that you have working smoke detectors if you have fidget spinners with batteries in your house. Businesses selling general-use spinners are still urged to make sure rechargeable ones have proper battery management systems, to lower their risk of catching fire.

CPSC business requirements and guidelines for fidget spinners are available in our Business Education Center.

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