Manufacturer Ace of Hearts has initiated a recall of its LED Fidget Spinner over fears the popular toy's design can lead to serious injury – "even death".
Fidget Spinners help people channel their nervous energy
into a toy conducive to one-hand fidgeting. Think of them them as the
modern equivalent of a stress ball.
But a model released by Ace of Hearts that features LED lights has been
recalled for failing to conceal its button battery securely.
Infants who swallow a button battery are exposed to serious health risks,
warns Product Safety Australia.
"If young children gain access to the button batteries and ingest them,
they may suffer internal burn injuries, which can result in serious illness
and even death," reads the product recall notice.
"In addition, the batteries may pose a choking hazard to young children."
An investigation conducted by CHOICE last year found it would take two
hours for a swallowed button battery to burn the inside of a child's
stomach, oesophagus, bowel, or even a nostril.
Two children have died from button battery-related injuries in Australia.
It's estimated 20 children visit an emergency department each week to deal
with button battery removal or treatment.
Product Safety Australia is urging owners of the LED Fidget Spinner to
return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.