If you have bought your child a fidget spinner, you will want to read this.
According to reports, tests on the popular fidget spinner toy has revealed that some models have high levels of lead and mercury.
Fidget spinners are all the craze right now, with kids using them as a distraction during class and other engagements.
Tamara Rubin, founder of the nonprofit group Lead Safe America, is warning parents to be on the lookout for dangerous models of the popular toy.
Conservative Tribune reports:
According to architecture and design news website The Inhabitat, Rubin tested several models of the toy herself using a rented X-ray fluorescence spectrometer instrument to determine the composition of the metals and paints used to make and decorate the toys.
Some of the fidget spinners Rubin tested were lead-free. However, the models featuring LED lights or made of brass contained levels of lead far above what the US Consumer Products Safety Commission mandates is safe, according to the Independent Journal Review.
One particular spinner contained 334 parts per million of lead, far exceeding the 100 ppm limit set by the CPSC in addition to 155 ppm of mercury. Another spinner made of brass contained approximately 42,800 ppm of lead in total. Often, lead can easily leach off onto skin after only brief contact with the paint on the exterior of the toy.
If you are concerned about your child’s fidget spinner, Rubin suggested looking to see if it is a heavier version that contains yellow metal.
“Look for metal that is yellow because the leaded brass is going to be very yellow,” she cautioned. “And look for the ones that are heavier because the lead is going to make them heavier . . . and then look for ones that have electronic components.”
Rubin has even offered to create a database where she will catalog which spinners are safe and which ones are not.
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