The Fidget Liability

Fidget Spinner / Product Liability / Oviedo Winter Springs Attorneys / Sanford Altamonte Springs Lawyers / Beers and Gordon P.A.No one really saw the fidget spinner fad coming. One day a teacher saw a student playing with a spinner in the classroom and it was no big deal. The next day, every student and their parent had have a new toy to play with. While the fidget spinner has been marketed, in some cases, as a medically supportive toy for children with ADHD, those are just words. No research has actually been conducted to confirm the veracity of the claim. And now, the product itself has become a bit of a liability with a Seminole County elementary school banning the toys from their campus entirely.

Last Saturday, a 10-year-old girl was found choking in the backseat of her mother’s car. She was gagging on a fidget bearing that had come off the toy. And if you’re thinking that children that age should not be putting small bearings in their mouths, these kids are so eager to repair the broken pieces of their fidget spinners that they will use their mouths as a holding place while they shift a couple of other pieces around. In a car, that means a sudden brake or a quick jolt forward can put a bearing in the throat.

But not all incidents are accidental. Teachers in Seminole County have already reported seeing children dislodge the “spinner” part of the toy in order to establish makeshift brass knuckles. And that’s not good for anyone, especially those on the receiving end of an adolescent punch.

The craze is sure to pass, especially when kids notice that the adults are playing with fidget spinners as well, but in the meantime, they are indeed a growing risk and a liability.

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