Could a Fidget Spinner Endanger Your Child? The Possible Hidden Hazards of the Popular Toy

Investigative - Inside Edition Staff

The fidget spinner is the toy taking the country by storm, but could there be hidden dangers with the new fad?

Read: Meet the Woman Who Invented the Fidget Spinner, Who Isn't Making a Dime Off the Popular Toy

One girl nearly died choking on her fidget spinner. Her X-ray shows one of the broken parts stuck in her throat.

Her mother went on Facebook with this warning: "I wish to offer some word of caution for parents. If you have kids (under 8 yr old) keep in mind that these present a potential choking hazard."

Inside Edition went to the Good Housekeeping Institute in New York City to test fidget spinners, and the institute's Chief Technologist, Rachel Rothman, found some of the toys were prone to breaking.

During one of the tests, a fidget spinner was dropped on the floor and one of the tiny ball bearings popped right out — the same part that got stuck in that girl’s throat.

There is a simple test you can do at home with a roll of toilet paper to determine whether something will become a choking hazard.

If a part can fit through the cardboard toilet paper roll, it could be a problem for someone under 3 years old.

The danger hit home for Meaghan Murphy, a mother of three small children. Her 3-year-old son snuck a fidget spinner into his bed.

Read: Agony of the Feet: Shoes Can Bring Dangerous Germs Into Your Home, Investigation Finds

“He snuck one of these to bed with him and the ball bearing popped out. Thank God nothing bad happened,” she told Inside Edition.

Watch: There's Nothing This Dog Hates More Than Fidget Spinners