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Concerns about fidget spinners highlight unsafe toys report

/ 01:08 PM June 21, 2017

Fidget spinner toys are displayed at a 7-Eleven convenience store, in Warren, Michigan. Stores can’t keep them in stock and parents are going crazy trying to find them. (AP FILE PHOTO/Carlos Osorio)

BOSTON—A consumer watchdog group says those wildly popular fidget spinners aren’t as harmless as they might appear.

Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) is scheduled to address spinners and other fad items when the nonprofit organization presents its annual list of unsafe summer playthings on Wednesday.

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READ: The ‘fidget spinner’ that has spun teachers into a tizzy

WATCH’s list highlights potentially hazardous items that parents should avoid.

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Authorities in Germany said last week they plan to destroy tons of the tiny twirling gadgets that have been confiscated by customs agents.

They said they tested the toys, which arrived from China, and found that bits could fall off and pose possible choking hazards for small children.

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TOPICS: fad, Fidget spinners, fidget therapy, hazard for children, unsafe toys
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