August 16, 2017 — Safety officials are updating warnings for fidget spinners because they may pose a choking hazard and the battery-powered toys can potentially catch on fire.
The updated safety guidelines were issued on August 10 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in response to reports of fidget spinner fires and kids choking on small parts.
CPSC spokeswoman Ann Marie Buerkle said in a press release:
“Fidget spinners can be fun to use, but consumers and companies should be aware of some of the safety concerns associated with this product.”
Fires have also been reported with battery-powered fidget spinners, especially spinners with Bluetooth-enabled speakers and lithium-ion batteries. The CPSC recommends staying in the same room when the fidget spinner is charging, only using the correct cable, and unplugging it immediately as soon as the battery is fully charged.
There have also been multiple reports of kids choking on small parts that came loose when the fidget spinner broke. The CPSC warns all people against putting fidget spinners in their mouths, because 1 choking incident involved a 14 year-old teenager. Furthermore, the CPSC says fidget spinners should not be given to children under 3.
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