Perth retailers recall popular 'fidget spinner' toy

Mesmerising or irritating? The fidget spinner is the latest craze for children and teenagers.
Mesmerising or irritating? The fidget spinner is the latest craze for children and teenagers.  Photo: Brook Mitchell

Perth retailers have been urged to stop selling the novelty toy fidget spinners, after an 11-year-old boy in Victoria suffered a serious eye injury while playing with one.

Consumer Protection WA product safety officers have contacted a Wangara-based supplier and a Geraldton retailer, who have both agreed to recall and cease selling the item.

However the Geraldton retailer had already sold 141 units of the item by the time Consumer Protection made contact.

Consumer Protection WA acting commissioner David Hillyard said concerns had been raised with the sharp edges and small parts.

"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.

The toy has become immensely popular in recent weeks, and a number of shopping centre outlets are likely to cease the sale of the item following the warning.

"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.

"Although the novelty items are not recommended for children under the age of three, they can easily be accessed by young children in the home."

A ten-year-old girl in the United States also faced complications when she swallowed a small part of the toy.

"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.

"Throughout the assessment process, Consumer Protection will be working closely with the ACCC and other product safety regulators to ensure a consistent national approach to this issue."