MADISON, Wis. - A children’s product safety advocacy group has listed the popular fidget spinner as one of the 10 worst toys for the 2017 holiday season.
WATCH, which stands for World Against Toys Causing Harm, cited the fidget spinner as having “potential for choking injuries.”
Last week the U.S. Public Interest Research Group released findings that showed two of 12 fidget spinners it tested showed high levels of lead.
The group purchased the 12 fidget spinners from toy aisles at Target stores.
Federal regulation do not allow more than 100 parts per million of lead in a children’s product.
The center circle of the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal tested for 1,300 parts per million of lead, while the arm tested for 520 parts per million of lead.
The center circle of the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, while the arm tested for 22,000 parts per million.
The 33,000 parts per million found in the center circle was 300 times more than the legal limit.
“We know that lead is toxic. It is not safe at any level,” said Dr. Beth Neary, a pediatrician and Wisconsin representative of the Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health.
After concerns were raised about the lead content, Target removed the two types of fidget spinners in question from store shelves.
The manufacturers of the fidget spinners were able to avoid compliance with federal lead regulations for children by gaining a general product designation from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The boxes containing fidget spinners indicate the toy is for use by ages 14 and up.
“You can say fourteen plus on a product box, but who is using this product? Children,” said Dr. Neary.
“That really bothers me, that it slipped under the regulations that we have in place to protect children, and you’re marketing to children that have attention deficit disorder, or children with autism, and these children, perhaps, put things in their mouths more often than other children.”
In advertisements, some fidget spinners tout the benefits of the product for children with attention deficit disorder and autism.
“Prior to this episode, there were at least two case studies that I read of a 5-year-old and a 10-year-old who took these apart and had a piece of it that they actually ingested, and had to be removed, “said Dr. Neary.
To see a complete list of WATCH’s 10 worst toys for the 2017 holiday season, visit its website at: https://toysafety.org/
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