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Parents are warning about a new danger to children who own the popular fidget spinners. There have been a number of instances in which electronic fidget spinners have exploded and burst into flame after being plugged in.
Fidget spinners seemed determined to kill us all, one way or another. In addition to toxic chemical concerns and chocking hazards, now they are exploding into flame.
CNET.com first reported on the trend of exploding fidget spinners, which could cause serious injury to a child using them or even start a fire if left unattended.
The problem has so far been found in fidget spinners with Bluetooth capability and built-in speakers. The problem may not be limited to a single manufacturer, and may apply to any spinner that plugs in.
The problem is not unlike the problem experienced during the hoverboard craze, when built-in batteries exploded while they were charging.
The issue becomes more complicated because many business are selling spinners from unknown manufacturers, who may not subject their products to safety guidelines. Parents should be especially careful of purchasing spinners from eBay, online sellers, flea markets, and dollar stores.
A report out of Fenton, Michigan explains the problem.
“I always pick up a new one for the kids, for myself,” Michelle Carr of Fenton said. “I like to spin them. They are fun.”
But what is supposed to be a fun gadget, she said, turned out to be a dangerous one.
“Right here in this book case, I could see the reflection,” Carr said. “The fidget spinner was on fire on my counter.”
This wasn’t a normal hand spinner, however. This one had Bluetooth.
“Hooks up to your phone… your Bluetooth, so you can play your music so you can still spin it, it lights up and plays your music all at the same time,” Carr said.
But it’s no longer playing tunes. Carr said the hand spinner caught fire after being on the charger for less than 30 minutes.
“It’s the same cord I use for my baby monitor and I just simply had it plugged in like this and it was laying right here on fire,” she said.
She said she wants people to be aware of what exactly happened to her.
“I personally won’t buy another one because of the fear of it,” she said. “But I know there are tons of kids who want to go get them, but if you plug them in, just stay by and make sure it’s charged and it doesn’t catch.”
Carr said the spinner didn’t come with directions on how to charge it or come with a charger whatsoever. She said she used a charger she had at home that she never had issues with before today.
She is working to reach out to the company that made this specific spinner.
Fidget spinners are everywhere but are they a fire hazard? A family in Gardendale says their fidget spinner burst into flames after being put on the charger.
A few days ago, Kimberly Allums heard her son screaming upstairs. He just plugged in his Bluetooth fidget spinner. You can play music through built-in speakers in some of the spinners.
“He noticed that it burst into flames and he just started screaming. I was downstairs and all I heard was ‘fire..fire and the fidget spinner had literally, It was smoking, It was in flames,” Allums said.
Allums says the fidget spinner had only been charging for less than 45 minutes when it caught fire. Her son quickly put water on it in the sink. You can still see ashes there. Also, you can see the fidget spinner scorched a small section of carpet. Kimberly is thankful they caught it in time. She says things could have been a lot worse.
Kimberly says she tried tracking down the company that sells these fidget spinners but hasn’t had any luck. On the box it says “Made in China” and that’s about it.
There have been warnings about fidget spinners being a choking hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking into the incidents of choking.
After making the CPSC aware of this incident, they say they are looking into the claims Ms. Allums is making about this particular model fidget spinner.
Here is video from WBRC Fox 6 News in Birmingham.
WBRC FOX6 News – Birmingham, AL
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