German customs to crush 35 tons of seized fidget spinners
In this May 18, 2017 file photo children hold fidget spinners at a school in Bern, Switzerland. Frankfurt customs authorities said Friday, June 16, 2017 they confiscated 35 tons of the tiny twirling gadgets in May alone and plan on crushing them out of existence. (Alessandro della Valle/Keystone via AP, file)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 7:52AM EDT
BERLIN -- It sounds like a dream come true for teachers, coaches, parents or anyone else who has had to deal with distracted kids playing with this year's must-have toy, the fidget spinner.
Frankfurt airport customs authorities said Friday they confiscated 35 metric tons (39 U.S. tons) of the tiny twirling gadgets in May alone and plan on crushing them out of existence.
They say they tested the toys, which came in multiple shipments from China, and found that bits could fall off and pose possible choking hazards for small children.
Customs spokeswoman Christine Strauss says they were also missing other required details, like legible instructions and information about which company produced the product.