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Friday, July 14, 2017

Fidget Spinners Raise Safety Concerns

Is your child’s fidget spinner safe?

Fidget spinners have exploded in popularity in just the past few months. These toys, originally designed to assist children with ADHD, are the must have toy of the season. Despite the wild popularity of fidget spinners, new reports indicate that fidget spinners may pose a safety threat to their users.  From choking hazards to sudden explosions, fidget spinners hold the potential to inflict serious personal injuries.

Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating several choking incidents involving fidget spinners, and globally several other nations have also expressed concern. In Germany, officials have stated that they will destroy masses of the gadgets which arrived from China and were found to have parts that could fall off, potentially presenting a choking hazard. Part of the problem behind the devices, according to safety advocates, is that they are being sold without any age warnings or cautions as to the existence of small parts that could be dangerous for small children.

Sudden Explosions

Recently, at least two people have stated that their fidget spinners exploded. The spinners were equipped with Bluetooth technology. They exploded while plugged into their chargers, sending the home occupants running to douse the devices.  Fortunately, no one was injured in either incident. However, with so many fidget spinners on the market, there exists the potential for more explosions.

Defective Products in New Jersey

We purchase toys and other devices anticipating that they will be safe for their intended use. For thousands of Americans each year, however, consumer products result in serious injuries and even death. Under New Jersey law, a defective product is a product that is faulty either due to a design defect, manufacturing error, or because of inadequate instructions or warnings. A product will be considered defective if its condition renders it unreasonably dangerous to the user of the item.  

Anyone who has been injured by a fidget spinner may be able to pursue a defective product claim against its creator. Those injured should consult with a personal injury attorney right away for an evaluation of their claim. Defective product claims can potentially result in compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

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