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Reminder: Use fidget spinners safely

23 June 2017

The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning consumers to read instructions and supervise children when using fidget spinners in light of recent reports of injuries both in Australia and overseas.

Fidget spinner toys are usually three pronged and spin around a central bearing.

To date, several models have been tested by Australian product safety regulators and have passed safety tests. One fidget spinner has been voluntarily recalled due to an insecure button battery compartment.

When purchasing fidget spinners for children, parents and caregivers should keep in mind that quality and safety can be relative to price, and some cheaper products may not be of the same quality.

Parents and caregivers should be particularly cautious of products with button batteries or that have sharp points or edges.

The OFT recommends the following safety tips:

  • Always read the safety instructions
  • Supervise children when using fidget spinners
  • Fidget spinners should not be given to children under 3 years of age.
  • Avoid fidget spinners with sharp points or edges.
  • If a fidget spinner is damaged in any way, discard it immediately.
  • If the fidget spinner has a button battery, make sure the battery compartment is secure.
  • Dispose of used button batteries immediately. Batteries can still be dangerous even when they’ve run out of charge.

The OFT is leading a product safety investigation into the products on behalf of Australian consumer product safety regulators. The investigation will examine different designs, build quality and durability under reasonable use conditions.

Consumers are encouraged to report any safety incidents resulting from the use of fidget spinners to the OFT on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or online at www.productsafety.gov.au.

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Last updated
23 June 2017
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