Unofficial Test Warns of Lead in Some Fidget Spinners

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Last Updated on December 26, 2019 by Danielle

Fidget Spinners

An unofficial test was conducted on eleven fidget spinners and the findings were at least two had high levels of lead present.

Fidget spinning toys may be the hottest toy of the year; however, a new report highlights an unofficial test indicating some of them may contain dangerous levels of lead.

Tamara Rubin conducted an at-home test on eleven fidget spinners and found that two spinners had dangerous levels of lead present. It is important to note that this test was not performed by a university or research institute.

You have to be careful of some of these fidget spinners breaking and exposing high levels of lead to children. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a safe amount of lead is considered to be in the range of 90 to 100 parts per million.

Children could ingest the lead by making contact with the lead or touching the lead and placing their fingers in the mouth. Exposed to high amounts of lead, it can cause damage to children’s brain, liver, and kidneys.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that all fidget spinners are impacted. If you’re buying a fidget spinner for a child, you need to be extra cautious that you are getting one that is lead-free for their safety.

Fidget spinners have metal parts and some of them may contain lead, depending on where they have been sourced. Also, sometimes battery solder may contain lead so it’s important that the toy is not flimsy, exposing the inner parts which could potentially contain lead.

If your child is known to put toys and other items in their mouth, it is not recommended that she or he play with a fidget spinner toy. You don’t want to run the risk of them choking on the fidget toy or being exposed to lead poisoning. As a good daily practice, we recommend all kids wash their hands after playing with a fidget spinner. The CPSC advises parents to keep fidget spinners away from kids since they contain small parts that could present a choking hazard.

Here are some helpful tips for safe play with fidget spinners. Parents are advised to proactively supervise children playing with fidget spinners and make sure they are playing with them as intended. The Toy Association stated if your fidget spinner is not durable and does not have age and/or safety information – it’s best to not take any risks with your child. Especially for younger kids, always adhere to the age labels from toy manufacturers. Under no circumstances should a child under the age of three play with a fidget spinner. Additionally, parents are encouraged to purchase from trusted retailers to ensure your child’s safety. If you have one of the new illuminating fidget spinners, ensure they have a locking feature to prevent accidental ingestion of the battery. Lastly, always inspect the fidget spinner for damage. If your fidget spinner is damaged, it should be immediately disposed of for your child’s safety.

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