Bluetooth fidget spinners are being investigated by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) after being linked to reports of catching fire while charging and children accidentally swallowing the toys.
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Update: Target Fidget Spinners Contain Toxic Amounts of Lead, Advocacy Group Says
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) Education Fund says 2 types of popular fidget spinners sold at Target stores and online contain toxic levels of lead, which can cause severe health problems including decreased bone and muscle growth, poor muscle coordination, developmental delays, and seizures.The spinners in question — Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal — were found to contain as much as 330 times the federal legal limit for lead in children’s products, PIRG said.
What’s the problem?
At least two families reported that their bluetooth-enabled fidget spinners caught fire while charging, according to Time. In both cases the fire was caused by the toys’ batteries overheating.
Kimberly Allums said she heard her son screaming when he noticed his Chinese-made fidget spinner had burst into flames after it had been charging for about 45 minutes. The boy quickly put the toy in the sink to douse the fire, but Allums says the damage would have been much worse if they had been out of the house.
“[My son] noticed that it burst into flames and he just started screaming,” Allums said. “I was downstairs and all I heard was ‘fire, fire’ and the fidget spinner had literally — it wasn’t smoking, it was in flames.”
A similar case was reported in Michigan after a woman used a baby monitor charger to charge her spinner.
Fidget spinners are 3-pronged plastic toys with a spinning disc in the middle that were initially marketed as a treatment for children with autism and ADHD, but have since become the latest craze, leading them to be banned in many schools.
Some hi-tech spinners can play music streamed from a mobile phone, and include a lithium-ion battery to power the Bluetooth radio and speakers. However, several have found to be defective or unsafe, according to the CPSC.
Factory production lines in China have rapidly switched to making the toys cheaply and quickly, often sacrificing quality and safety checks in the process.
CPSC is warning owners not to charge devices without the cable they came with. It also issued a warning about leaving young children with fidget spinners because of the potential choking hazard.
CPSC Issues New Warning on Fidget Spinner Risks
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.
Fidget Spinner Overheats, Nearly Burns 12-Year-Old California Girl
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.
Do I Have a Fidget Spinner Lawsuit?
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Again, if you were injured by a fidget spinner, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.