Target Is Selling Fidget Spinners With High Levels Of Lead

Randall Padilla
November 10, 2017

The box the gadget was in contained a warning that the spinner was a choking hazard for children under the age of three, but said nothing about lead.

The US Public Interest Research Group on Thursday released a report stating that Target stores are selling some fidget spinners with high levels of lead. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass has 300 times the amount of maximum lead allowed in children's toys.

The two companies defended the sale of the fidget spinners by arguing that they are not technically children's products and therefore not subject to legal limits for lead.

According to Kara Cook-Shultz, the toxics director at US PIRG, it doesn't matter how the CPSC classifies these spinners - they're still being marketed as toys for kids.

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But one of the fidget spinners with a risky amount of lead - the "Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass" - is actually labeled for kids almost half that age.

USPIRG said it wasn't aware of any reported cases of lead poisoning that can definitively be traced to fidget spinners, but the Centers for Disease Control says there's no such thing as a safe level of lead.

CoPIRG says lead exposure is particularly damaging for young children because of its impact on development.

PIRG Education Fund is calling for the toys to be pulled from shelves and wants a recall issued.

Federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products, marketed to those 12 and under, to 100 parts per million (ppm).

Henderson said the two fidget spinners referred to in the lab tests contained clear marking on their packaging saying they were appropriate for customers over the age of 14. CPSC stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys". Below that, it says the manufacturer categorizes the toy as being for ages "6 years and up". Excess levels of lead can lead to hyperactivity, lack of appetite, behavior problems, and learning disabilities. A spokeswoman for the CPSC said she could not comment specifically on the products being sold by Target.

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