Update: CPSC Issues New Warning on Fidget Spinner Risks
August 15, 2017 – The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has updated its guidance on burn injuries and choking hazards associated with fidget spinners. The commission recommends that consumers stay in the room when their fidget spinner is charging at all times, always to use the cable that came with the device, and keep the toys out of the hands of children 3-years-old or younger.
What’s the problem?
June 2017 – At least 2 families reported that their children’s Bluetooth fidget spinners burst into flames over the past several weeks, according to Newsweek. In both cases the spinners’ batteries overheated while plugged into outlets, and when they caught on fire the toys melted and burned the surfaces they were sitting on.
“We were about five or ten minutes from leaving the house for the day before this happened,” said Kimberly Allums of Gardendale, Alabama. “[My son] noticed that it burst into flames and he just started screaming. I was downstairs and all I heard was ‘fire, fire’ and the fidget spinner had literally — it wasn’t smoking, it was in flames.”
Allums said the spinner had been charging for under and hour when it caught fire. A similar case was reported by a Michigan woman who used a baby monitor charger to charge her spinner.
Some have raised concerns about the spinners as choking hazards, and teachers have complained they distract students. These issues have contributed to a significant decline in popularity of fidget spinners in recent months.
CPSC is investigating the incidents and recommends that consumers stay with the toys while charging and avoid letting them charge overnight.
Fidget Spinner Overheats, Nearly Burns 12-Year-Old California Girl
July 18, 2017 – A special needs child from Fair Oaks, California, was frightened and nearly injured when her bluetooth fidget spinner overheated and began hissing while being charged. Luckily, the 12-year-old wasn’t seriously hurt, but the incident scared her enough to stay away from the toys permanently. “I don’t want to see it again or nothing – it makes me want to throw up,” she said.
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