Popular toys come in and out of the mainstream market like waves in the ocean. Everything from Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo and Pokémon toys has had their moment in the spotlight, gaining the adoration of children and the young at heart throughout the country. Some of these toys remain in the public's favor for generations, others only for a brief moment in the spotlight.
A toy that is currently enjoying its moment in the spotlight is referred to as a fidget spinner.
Not everyone is familiar with this popular toy. The toy is basically a small, palm-sized device shaped like a propeller. Users hold the device between the thumb and middle finger and send it spinning. The toys were initially marketed to children with autism and other special needs as a means to help increase concentration. The original patent has expired and toy manufacturers throughout the country have begun mass producing these spinners. The public has taken notice and responded positively, buying the toy in huge numbers. This popular response has sent many stores in a rush to fill out additional order forms, ordering additional shipments after selling out of their initial stock.
This popular toy seems harmless, arguably even beneficial, yet it has become the center of an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).