Warning Issued for Popular Spinners

Safety Regulators Issue Safety Alert For Still-Popular Fidget Spinners

Safety Regulators Issue Safety Alert For Still-Popular Fidget Spinners

However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a safety alert about the toys.

"As the agency investigates some reported incidents associated with this popular product, fidget spinner users or potential buyers should take some precautions", Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in a statement.

While the meteoric rise of fidget spinners as a must-have toy has eased since they burst onto the scene a few months ago, they remain quite popular. Don't stick random toys in your mouth, and be careful about batteries overheating when charging your gadgets.

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To this end, the CPSC issued several tips meant to prevent such incidents, as well as reduce the chance that younger users could choke on the toys' parts.

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. In one case, a child reported their Bluetooth fidget spinner having caught fire and exploding after charging for about 40 minutes.

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

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The business guidance, on the other hand, defines everything from what's considered a fidget spinner to the requirements the products need to meet before being certified safe for consumers.

A number of accidents caused by fidget spinners have been reported in the U.S., leading a government agency to issue a warning urging people to be more careful with the trendy toy. It added that they should only be charged using the cable they came with, or a cable with the "correct connections for charging". Fidget spinners provide a salutary lesson for start-ups considering the next "big invention".

The CPSC is also encouraging businesses to review the agency's guidance on fidget spinners.

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