There is a potential danger in the toy “Fijet Spinner” which is a popular toy held by half of American children. US Consumer Surveillance Organizations warned that on 21 June.
Finesse spinner (with hand spinner) is a palm-sized rotating toy made of plastic and metal. In the United States, it is already prohibited to bring it in many schools to prevent students from concentrating. A non-profit organization W.A.T.C.H., warning of dangerous toys for children, has released a list of 10 dangers to be noticed on the 21st of summer solstice. “Fidget spinners are broken apart and small parts can cause asphyxiation” is warned.
According to W.A.T.C.H., in Texas and Oregon states, accidents have recently been reported that children have choked the parts of the fijet spinner in the throat and are transported to the hospital, one of which required surgery. German Customs last week confiscated 39 tons of this rotating toy from its concerns about safety and waste it.
“The popular toy is safe so as not to have a false sense of security,” Joan Sief representative of W.A.T.C.H. sounds a warning bell.
In the list of WATCH, besides the danger of the FIJET spinner, there is a possibility that a lithium battery of a hover board will ignite, a blunt instrument trauma caused by a plastic toy imitating a weapon appearing in a superhero movie, a kickboard (non-electric) And the risk of injuries due to collisions and falls while running are pointed out.
Not only children’s toys are dangerous. W.A.T.C.H. warns about accidents caused by water accidents and clothes tangled and choked with this list.
Meanwhile, Joan Lawrence, vice president of safety standards at the Toy Association, a toy maker and retailer industry group, said, “WATCH unnecessarily scares parents without explaining all aspects” Rebuttal. According to Mr. Kim, “The safety of toys is strictly regulated under federal law”. The Toy Association is participating in the development of toy safety standards.
According to Mr. Lawrence, also known as “Toy Safety Mom”, hover boards and non-electric kick boards are not regarded as toys in the definition of federal regulations.
The Toy Association announced its own guidelines for parents who are considering purchasing Fijet Spinner in May this year. It is encouraging to protect the target age stated in the product package, to purchase only from trusted retailers, to frequently check loose parts.
“Please check the item before purchasing, not to buy things that do not specify the target age,” said Lawrence.
For Rachid Zerrouki, teacher of schools in Segpa (and teacher in a college, therefore), the phenomena succeed each other, but they are not all as perennial or as interesting: “certain modes are ephemeral but there are also that remain . The “scoubidous” for example “. They are even quoted by Perec in 1978 in Je me souviens: “I remember scoubidous”.
After the Pokémon Go
One can add the Rubik’s cube that I saw arrive child and come back in the yard of my offspring, Panini images that make their comeback at every big football tournament. But the crazy thing with the spinner is that it has spread at an impressive rate:
“I heard about it for the first time on Tuesday after the three-day weekend. Of the four classes I have, I have seen one student manipulate without knowing what it was called. He told me that a “bigger one” almost stole him in the subway. I believed in an isolated case. Until Thursday when several other students in the sixth grade had them. And other levels too, but I do not see fashion going on very long because I obviously saw the fashion Pokémon Go arrive and disappear but also the shoes that light up late last year. ”
Toys’R Us has already sold nearly 20,000. At JouéClub, 30,000 copies have been sold, and stores must respond daily to more than 200 phone calls, according to Le Figaro. But what makes an object meet its audience? The first thing, explains Pascal Pinteau, is quite stupid, it is a story of dimension. The toy must fit in a child’s pocket.
“In the 1970s, a manufacturer had the idea to change the format of small cars, we went from models reduced by a tens of centimeters to mini models, the matchbox size of a matchbox . An object that fits into the palm of an elementary school child’s hand. The Matchbox were a huge box. ”
What also works is the small screen combination and small toys, easy to carry. The Pokémon’s most successful success story is “Since the 1990s, Pokémon have continued to attract and innovate, as Pokémon Go shows. A new series is coming, an amusement park is planned … “