The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has issued a warning to parents about potentially dangerous versions of the popular toys known as "fidget spinners".
It has been working with Revenue and Customs and 200,000 suspect fidget spinners have been seized since 8 May.
The CCPC is currently examining samples of these products and if it finds that they do not comply with product safety legislation, they may be sent back to their point of origin or destroyed.
Some have been found not to comply with the legislation in a number of ways, including having no visible CE mark; non-compliant or fake CE marks; no small parts warning; and containing parts that easily detach and pose a serious choking hazard
Consumers should check the following before they buy a fidget spinner:
- Look for a CE mark, but do not rely on it solely, as the mark may be a fake.
- The CE marking should be visible and easily legible.
- Check the box and packaging for markings or traceable information such as the name and contact details of the manufacturer and/or importer. If this information is missing, do not buy the fidget spinner.
- Check if the fidget spinner has any detachable small parts that could lodge in the ears, nose, or throat, and cause an injury to a child. There have been reports of a ten-year old child requiring surgery after a fidget spinner part they swallowed became lodged in their oesophagus.
- Be wary of buying these products on social media or from a street vendor that may not be an established business.
Businesses are being warned that any business that manufactures, imports, distributes, or sells toys in Ireland has a duty to ensure that the goods they sell are safe and compliant.