There are several reports of fidget spinners with Bluetooth-enabled speakers catching on fire or exploding into flames while recharging. Safety officials have also issued warnings about choking hazards after two children required emergency surgery.
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Fidget Spinners Linked to Choking, Fire Hazards
Fidget spinners and children:
- Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age.
- The plastic and metal spinners have small pieces (including batteries) that can be a choking hazard. Choking incidents involving children up to age 14 have been reported.
- Warn children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or small pieces in their mouths and not to play with the fidget spinner near their faces.
Battery-operated fidget spinners:
- Have working smoke alarms in your house to protect you if there is a fire.
- Be present when products with batteries are charging.
- Never charge a product with batteries overnight while you are sleeping.
- Always use the cable that came with the fidget spinner.
- If the fidget spinner did not come with a cable, make sure to use one with the correct connections for charging.
- Unplug your fidget spinner immediately once it is fully charged.
What are Fidget Spinners?
Fidget spinners are the hottest toy craze of 2017. The spinners were originally designed to help kids with ADHD, autism, and anxiety focus — but they are now distracting millions of kids and adults worldwide.
The spinning toys are made plastic or metal with several flat lobes that rotate around a ball-bearing axis. They are primarily made in China.
As the popularity of fidget spinners has skyrocketed, manufacturers have added high-tech features like Bluetooth, LED lights, and built-in speakers that play music from a smartphone. These gadgets are powered by a lithium-ion battery that must be plugged in to charge.
What is the Problem?
There are multiple reports of fidget spinner fires and explosions caused by the lithium-ion batteries overheating while re-charging. All of the fires involve spinners with built-in Bluetooth speakers. If you own this type of fidget spinner, here are a few tips to avoid fires:
- Do not charge the spinner overnight or unattended
- Only use the charging cord the spinner came with
- Be careful not to overcharge the battery
- Do not let the battery get too hot (for example, in a car)
- Do not physically damage the fidget spinner battery
Reports of Fidget Spinner Fires
In one report, a woman in Michigan who used a baby monitor cord to charge the fidget spinner said it exploded into flames in 30 minutes. She told NBC 25:
“I personally won’t buy another one because of the fear of it. … If you plug them in, just stay by and make sure it’s charged and it doesn’t catch.”
In another report from a mom in Alabama, a fidget spinner exploded after charging for 45 minutes. She threw it in the sink to put out the fire, but worries about what might’ve happened if no one was home.
Safety Warning: Fidget Spinner Choking Hazard
After two separate reports of children choking on loose parts of fidget spinner toys, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is telling parents to keep the toys away from young children and warn older children not to put fidget spinners in their mouths.
One case in Oregon involved a 5 year-old boy who choked on part of the toy and had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.
In another case, a mom in Houston, Texas said her 10 year-old daughter swallowed a piece of a fidget spinner and started choking. X-rays revealed a round metal ball-bearing stuck in her esophagus and she had to undergo surgery to remove it.
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