This season’s hottest toy is marketed as an antidote for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and autism — but it’s also being banned in classrooms across the country.
“Fidget spinners” are small, ball-bearing devices that the user can rotate between his or her fingers. The momentum of the toy provides a pleasing sensory experience, according to user reviews, while the challenge of tossing, transferring and twirling the spinners has spawned an entire universe of instructional YouTube videos.
The fidget spinner is the toy taking the country by storm, but could there be hidden dangers with the new fad? One girl nearly died choking on her fidget spinner. Her X-ray shows one of the broken parts stuck in her throat.
Her mother went on Facebook with this warning: “I wish to offer some word of caution for parents. If you have kids (under 8 yr old) keep in mind that these present a potential choking hazard.”
Inside Edition went to the Good Housekeeping Institute in New York City to test fidget spinners, and the institute’s Chief Technologist, Rachel Rothman, found some of the toys were prone to breaking.
During one of the tests, a fidget spinner was dropped on the floor and one of the tiny ball bearings popped right out — the same part that got stuck in that girl’s throat.
There is a simple test you can do at home with a roll of toilet paper to determine whether something will become a choking hazard. If a part can fit through the cardboard toilet paper roll, it could be a problem for someone under 3 years old.
Keep your child protected, be safe!