They’ve become the overnight toy sensation which have engulfed our school playgrounds and toy stores. But now, the popular toy known as the “fidget spinner” has been revealed in a new report as highly dangerous to children with the strong likelihood of causing death among American children.
Researchers have now confirmed following testing of the toy that fidget spinners contain an alarming amount of toxic contaminants that may prove deadly in the hands of kids using them.
The spinners, which use ballbearings and balanced blades to rotate, are often produced overseas in countries that do not implement strict quality controls. Now, researchers have said that the toys may contain dangerous amounts of lead if they’re being brought in from places like China.
Unfortunately, since there aren’t any patents preventing the production of the toys, anyone can manufacture them from anywhere.
AFF’s Brett MacDonald notes:
Just last week, 200,000 units of of the popular toy were seized by EU customs officials for failing to adhere to the health standards set by the Union.
AFF also cites Tamara Rubin, an anti-lead-poisoning activist, who tested several fidget spinner samples:
Two were lead-free, but one had very high levels of lead and some mercury. She then disassembled a fidget spinner with LED lights and found both lead and mercury. She found 19,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead and 1,000 ppm of mercury.
These numbers are sobering because scientists consider under 90 ppm of lead to be the safe threshold in children’s toys, according to Rubin. But the paint on the LED light spinner contained 334 ppm of lead and 155 ppm of mercury in one test. The unpainted metal base contained 1,562 ppm of mercury and 2,452 ppm of lead.
Rubin later tested six more fidget spinners and found a $31 from Yomaxer that contained 42,800 ppm of lead. She noted ordinary consumers won’t have access to an XRF instrument, which can cost around $50,000.