Shocking discovery. Research has recently put into light the dangers which the popular kids’ toys know as fidget spinners hide.
They discovered huge quantities of contaminants which may prove more than harmful for all children across the U.S. These toys use balanced blades and ball bearings in order to rotate.
The thing is, they are most often manufactured in countries overseas which don’t implement strict controls over quality.
If the toys are being imported from China, researchers claim they may contain dangerously high quantities of lead. This warning does not include all of the fidget spinners, however.
But the issue here is, there is difficulty recognizing which toys contain the harmful substances and which do not.
Sadly, as there are no patents which prevent the production of these toys, that means anyone can produce them anywhere.
WHAT DO THE TESTS SAY?
Advocates said that first, 3 fidget spinners were tested for lead poisoning using an XRF instrument.
It turned out that 2 of them were free of any lead, but the remaining one not only held high levels of lead but mercury as well!
The next move was to disassemble a fidget spinner using led lights. No surprise, it contained both mercury and lead, and not in small amounts either.
To be precise, 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of mercury and 19,000 ppm of lead were discovered.
These are frightening numbers indeed because science considers anything under 90 ppm of lead to be safe for the use of children.
Merely the pain on the impacted fidget spinner contained a whopping 155 ppm of mercury and 334 ppm of lead!
And as for the unpainted metal base, are you sitting down? 2,452 ppm of lead and 1,562 ppm of mercury!
Scientists tested six more fidget spinners only to discover that those from Yomaxer (which cost $31) contained 42,800 ppm of lead.
And since it is obvious that regular consumers won’t have access to an XRF instrument (which costs roughly $50,000), it’s best to make your own fidget spinners at home and avoid purchasing any kind, just to be on the safe side.
For example, you can make your own fidget spinner out of LEGOs!
Why just last week, EU customs officials had seized 200,000 of these popular toys. The reason was that they failed to stick to the health standards which the Union had set.
But at the end of the day, it doesn’t have to be just fidget spinners.
Parents should be extra cautious and always look up the manufacturer of the toys they are buying their children, in order to ensure their safety.