It seemed to happen overnight. Fidget spinners, which began as a trendy item for schoolkids, quickly grew in popularity and became available at various stores. But are these toys harmless, or is there cause for concern among parents?
A mother in Texas went viral on social media after sharing that her daughter choked on part of a fidget spinner. Other parents have come forward with stories about choking incidents, pinched fingers, eye injuries, and other accidents caused by the moving parts of fidget spinners.
Toys that present a choking hazard should be labeled. However, some fidget spinners (which are not always marketed specifically to children) do not have a warning label regarding the choking hazard and may not have undergone safety testing as outlined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Choking is a leading cause of injury and death for young children. If you have young children, make sure to keep items with small moving parts (such as fidget spinners) out of reach. Talk to older children about the potential risks associated with these toys. Children should never put fidget spinners in their mouths.
- Examine toys for small parts. A good test is to check to see if any part of the toy can fit through a toilet paper roll; if it can, children under age three should not play with that item.
- Keep a close watch on your children while they play.
- Discard any broken toys, which could cause injuries.
If your child has been injured by a fidget spinner, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.