More Leaded Fidget Spinners! Episode 3 (Video)

This $31.00 “fidget spinner” tested positive for lead at 42,800 ppm!  It also tested positive with a LeadCheck swab (meaning the lead can easily rub off on the fingers of the user.) The hazard level for lead in an item intended for children is 90 ppm lead. The video below shows 6 fidgets and spinners I tested this afternoon.  Click here to see the OTHER leaded fidget spinner I tested today.  Below the video there are some additional images of this high-lead spinner as well, including a screenshot from the website selling them for $31 a pop! Thanks for following!

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19 Responses to More Leaded Fidget Spinners! Episode 3 (Video)

  1. Anna May 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    being a machinist and an autistic/adhd person who has a giant box full of fidgets (including a spinner), I just had to look up to see if there is something they’re doing to the manufacturing process of brass to make it high in lead.

    I’ll be damned. if Wikipedia is worth beans: “To enhance the machinability of brass, lead is often added in concentrations of around 2%. Since lead has a lower melting point than the other constituents of the brass, it tends to migrate towards the grain boundaries in the form of globules as it cools from casting. The pattern the globules form on the surface of the brass increases the available lead surface area which in turn affects the degree of leaching. In addition, cutting operations can smear the lead globules over the surface. These effects can lead to significant lead leaching from brasses of comparatively low lead content.”

    Here is the source it lists for that: ” Stagnation Time, Composition, pH, and Orthophosphate Effects on Metal Leaching from Brass. Washington DC: United States Environmental Protection Agency. September 1996. p. 7. EPA/600/R-96/103.”

    • Tamara May 31, 2017 at 8:36 am #

      You are amazing! Thank you for looking that up!

      • Michael June 1, 2017 at 8:31 am #

        Would cleaning with a solvent do any good?

        • jean June 1, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

          no you cant “clean” it off maybe you could seal it with something but id get rid of anything like this f you have a young child because those sealants probably are also BAD chemicals

        • Simon De Pomeroy June 21, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

          As the other reply said, no you can’t remove lead from brass by cleaning it with a solvent. You can’t ‘clean’ lead out of brass by any method. Studies on brass keys (most keys are brass or chrome plated brass) reveal that even when a key is old and worn, there is still a high availability of lead on the worn surface. I try to avoid all brass items. Certainly kids and brass should not mingle.

    • jean June 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

      i was glad i read this had i not i was looking for a “shiny” fidget spinner for my son with autism…hes 13 but still i wouldnt want to expose him to all this lead so ill stay away from brass ones having seen this

    • Jessie June 4, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

      They’re probably made of 360 yellow brass, which is a leaded brass. It would be used because it’s super cheap and very machinable. If they were made of silicon bronze, or manganese bronze if they wanted to keep the color, there would be no problems st all, as it has no lead.

      That being said, I machine leaded brass and bronze every day, and have for 10 years. As well as melted and cast it, I have never tested positive for high lead levels.

    • Helen June 4, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

      Thank you so much for that info.

      • Tamara June 4, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

        You are very welcome!

        Please consider contributing to my GoFundMe if you can (or sharing it with others) so I can keep doing independent consumer goods testing! Thank you!

    • bmommyx2 June 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

      wow, thanks for the info

  2. Laura June 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    What about the glow in the dark spinners? Any testing on those?

  3. Carly June 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    The title is very misleading considering most of the spinners tested were negative? it would seem the majority are negative.

  4. Thresher Penwright June 2, 2017 at 10:04 pm #

    Any recommendations for people desiring to buy and/or sell fidget spinners without lead?

  5. Thresher Penwright June 2, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

    And are your results in writing? While I would want to avoid FS’s with lead, I’d rather not forsake this as a means of potential income if the overwhelming results tend towards a limited number being tainted.

  6. Chara June 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

    I appreciate so much all of your efforts and information! My children each have 2 and to be safe, we are are all in agreement that they be discarded. Now…. I like to work in the solution, and we want lead free ones! Any suggestions as to where to find them? Thank you!

  7. Chara June 3, 2017 at 3:10 pm #


  8. aiden goldenberg June 5, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    please give link to fidget spinners without lead, thank you.

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