Fidget spinners sold at Target contain high lead levels, advocacy group says

The fidget spinners shown in-store alongside children's toys.U.S. PIRG Education Fund

CBS News reported that the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund said it found two models of fidget spinners sold at Target that "contained high levels of lead".

Fidget spinners may be popular, and high on many holiday gift lists, but an OR mother and a consumer advocacy group have found high levels of lead in some of the toys, and the defense offered by one retailer might be much help to most parents considering a purchase.

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass reportedly tested at 33,000 parts per million for lead. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, meanwhile, contained 1,300 ppm of lead in the center circle, and 520 ppm in its arm.

The CPSC told PIRG that fidget spinners are classified as "general use products", and the package stated they were for ages 14 and older. Children products must not contain more than 100 parts per million (ppm) of total lead in "accessible parts", according to federal requirements.




CBS News reports that the gadgets are being sold in the toy aisles alongside the spinners sold to 6-year-olds.

But, this particular fidget spinner, isn't technically a toy. Despite the loopholes, the research group sent their lead finding to Target and the company is still not pulling the spinners from their shelves. No children should but the spinners or small pieces in their mouths and should play with them away from their faces, the CPSC said. Exposure to children is damaging because it can impact development, and any amount of lead in a child's blood is unsafe.

U.S. PIRG posted on its website that it had alerted Target and the toy's distributer, Bulls i Toy, but both were not addressing the lead concerns. "CPSC stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission", Kara Cook-Schultz, the nonprofit's toxics director, said in a statement. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys". A spokeswoman for the CPSC said she could not comment specifically on the products being sold by Target.

"It's on the center, it's the part that you're interacting with, so it's definitely a hazard for children", said Tamara Rubin, who runs the "Lead Safe Mama" blog.

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