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Children’s fad toys may need closer review for dangers

by | Aug 31, 2017 | Products Liability |

As reported by CNN, children’s toys can become famously in-demand almost overnight. The fidget spinner is just such a phenomenon. Bursting on the scene in 2017, and with many kids owning and carrying multiple spinners at a time, it remains all the rage.

However, despite their popularity and apparent simplicity, these toys have caused some of their young owners injuries and some parents great concern. Safety agencies are taking a closer look.

Choking hazards

At the risk of being a killjoy, it is worth noting that sometimes quick fads when involving kids’ play things may not have sufficient testing to reveal hidden dangers. According to Good Housekeeping, some of the tested versions of the fidget spinners broke off into small pieces that could pose a hazard for small children.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission advises that if an object can slip through a toilet paper roll, it may be a choking hazard for those three years old or under. Reports of children receiving injuries when playing with a spinner include a Texas girl who swallowed a small part, as well as children from other states.

Choking happens to be a leading cause of death in young children, so checking for small parts is critical, notes the CPSC. Many parents are urging that the spinners be removed from store shelves and be required to have a warning label included, so as to keep them out of the hands of toddlers.

Choking is not the only danger to be aware of, if that were not enough. In another spinner-related injury, a piece of the spinner came apart and lodged in a child’s hand requiring emergency department treatment. The CPSC has stated it is investigating both child-related injuries.

Tips for keeping children safe

The Good Housekeeping Institute recommends safety tips with regard to spinners and other toys, including the following:

  • Register the toy if possible, or sign up with recalls.gov to receive recall alerts
  • Throw out broken spinners
  • Examine the spinner for wear and tear or misuse that could loosen small parts
  • Supervise young children when playing

Parents may also visit saferproducts.gov to report any toy dangers.