An investigation has been launched into the safety of fidget spinners in WA after reports of injuries and concerns over some models that contain button batteries.
Consumer Protection launched the probe after an 11-year-old boy in Victoria reportedly suffered a serious eye injury from one of the models.
A 10-year-old girl in the United States has also reportedly swallowed a small part of one of the models.
The palm-sized spinners are three-pronged and spin on a central bearing. They have been marketed as helping children with ADHD and autism.
Product safety officers have contacted a supplier based in the northern Perth suburb of Wangara who has voluntarily agreed to recall its fidget spinners.
The store has already sold 141 of the fidget spinners. Customers who bought them are being urged to dispose of them or return them to the store for a refund.
Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection WA David Hillyard said the popular items could also be bought on the internet, so parents needed to be aware of the dangers.
“The main issues under consideration is that these fidget spinners have small parts and, more concerning in some cases, appear to contain button batteries that can in some cases easily be dislodged presenting the risk of serious injury or even death for young children if swallowed,” Mr Hillyard said.
“Consumers are reporting that the batteries come out if the item is dropped and so too do small parts that make up the units which can pose a choking hazard.
“We are also assessing the different designs available, such as stars and blade-like spinners that appear to be growing in popularity.
“This is to assess any laceration or puncture risks that may be present due to their specific design.”
Mr Hillyard said Consumer Protection would be working alongside the ACCC and other product safety regulators to ensure a consistent national approach to t