Parents like you across Texas and the United States have a new danger to worry about this summer, and it has nothing to do with the water. Per the New York Post, fidget spinners have made their way onto a list of summer’s most dangerous toys compiled by consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm, and this is largely due to the choking hazard they pose. At The Leigh Law Firm, we represent parents whose children suffer harm because of defective toys, and we have a firm understanding of the serious risks such products pose.
If you are among the many parents whose children have expressed interest in fidget spinners, safety advocates are warning that you should not assume the toys are safe for use simply because of their widespread popularity. The small toys, which are typically comprised of plastic and metal, are prone to falling apart, and they can break into little pieces that smaller children can choke on. Many schools across the nation have already banned fidget spinners, both because of safety concerns and because many institutions consider them learning distractions.
Meanwhile, the Toy Association, an industry group that plays a role in developing safety standards for toys including the fidget spinner, has issued its own recommendations about the popular toys. Should you opt to get one for your child, the group recommends, be on the lookout for loose parts, make sure you make your purchase from a reputable dealer, and do so only if your child meets the age criteria provided on the package.
While the potential dangers associated with fidget spinners have received considerable media attention in recent months, they are not the only products that made their way onto the watchdog group’s list of dangers. Non-motorized scooters and the lithium batteries that hoverboards rely on, too, made the cut. More information about defective and dangerous products and product liability is available on our website.