August 10, 2017

Fidget spinners have become a phenomenon! They seem to be everywhere.

As the agency investigates some reported incidents associated with this popular product, fidget spinner users or potential buyers should take some precautions; keep them from small children; the plastic and metal spinners can break and release small pieces that can be a choking hazard; and older children should not put fidget spinners in their mouths. Some of the "light up" fidget spinners come with lithium coin cell batteries, which can lead to severe internal burns if they are ingested. Do not leave coin cell batteries in areas that are accessible by small children.

There have been some reports of fires involving battery-operated fidget spinners. Like any battery-operated product, consumers should be present and pay attention to their devices while charging them. It is important to use the charging cable that either comes with the fidget spinner or one that has the correct connections for the device as charging cables are NOT interchangeable.

Companies should review the CPSC’s guidance on fidget spinners. If a fidget spinner is marketed and is primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger, companies must certify that their product meets toy safety and other standards, including limits for phthalates, lead content, and lead in paint, if applicable, and the U.S Toy Standard, ASTM F963-16.

I encourage consumers to visit our Fidget Spinner Safety Education Center with additional safety tips and to report safety incidents with fidget spinners to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov to help our agency stay on top of this emerging hazard.

Fidget spinners can be fun to use but consumers and companies should be aware of some of the safety concerns associated with this product.