CPSC warns of fidget spinner dangers

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. But it turns out they can also be quite unsafe.

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Users should also not play with fidget spinners near their face.

According to the government body, there have been instances of choking, as well as two instances of battery-operated fidget spinners catching fire and another one melting. Choking incidents involving children up to age 14 have been reported. As part of the design process it's important to make sure that all of the safety elements have been considered, and this extends to understanding how consumers will end up using the product. Some even contain a speaker and use Bluetooth to transmit audio to it.

Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age. Finally, the spinner should be unplugged immediately after it is fully charged.

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.

CPSC advised that fidget spinners shouldn't be left unattended while charging, and should never be plugged in overnight.

"Fidget spinners can be fun to use but consumers and companies should be aware of some of the safety concerns associated with this product", CPSC acting chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said in a statement.

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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