Thousands of Fidget Spinner Keychains Recalled for Choking Hazard
Fashion Accessory Bazaar is recalling about 20,000 of their fidget spinner keychains after discovering that the center post on the spinner can come loose or fall out, posing a choking hazard. According to news reports, this recall involves Pokemon fidget spinner keychains. The products that have been recalled have a silver metal key ring with a metal bar attached to it with a Pokemon-themed fidget spinner on the end of the metal bar. The fidget spinner is red and white in the center and yellow around the outside.
Recalls Involving Fidget Spinners
Consumers who have these keychains are asked to immediately stop using them and contact the manufacturer for information regarding how to get a full refund. So far, no injuries have been reported. The recalled products were sold at Bonita Marie International, Gamestop, Wonderland stores and Amazon.com, as well as other websites for between $7 and $10 between September 2017 and November 2017.
This is not the first fidget spinner recall in recent months. In November, Target recalled two types of fidget spinners after a report found they contained lead levels above federal regulations for children’s toys. It was found that the spinners contained lead levels ranging from 520 parts per million to 33,000 ppm. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires all kids’ products not to exceed a total lead content of 100 ppm.
Fidget Spinners and Choking
Officials have been warning about the choking dangers of fidget spinners for a long time now. There have been reports of children swallowing the bearings in these toys. For example, in May, a Texas mother shared the story of her 10-year-old Texas daughter swallowing the ball bearings of her fidget spinner. The girl had to be taken into surgery where doctors used an endoscope to locate and remove the object.
Here are a few tips to prevent such frightening accidents with fidget spinners:
- Do not give fidget spinners to children under the age of 3.
- The plastic and metal spinners have small pieces that pose choking hazards. The CPSC has heard about incidents involving children up to age 14.
- Fidget spinners that light up may come with button or lithium coin cell batteries. These cells are an ingestion risk for children. The larger lithium coin cells could even lead to severe burns in the esophagus.
- Parents should warn children or all ages to refrain from putting fidget spinners or small pieces from the spinners in their mouths. They should also not play with the toys near their faces.
If your child has been injured by a dangerous or defective toy, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer to obtain more information about protecting your legal rights.