Report Warns Some Fidget Spinners Could Expose Kids To Lead

If you're planning to gift a fidget spinner this holiday season, take heed - the US Public Interest Research Group has found dangerously high levels of lead in some spinners sold at Target.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) said Wednesday that the retailer is selling two types of spinners that far exceed the legal limit for lead in children's products. For the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", the center circle tested for 33,000 ppm of lead, and the arm tested for 22,000 ppm of lead.

However, according to Target (tgt), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the spinners' distributors-a company called Bulls i Toy-the spinners aren't toys.

Lab results showed two fidget spinners contained extremely high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) for lead in children's products.

Target responded that those particular models were not recommended for consumers under the age of 14, negating prescribed lead restrictions for children.

Fidget spinners containing unsafe amounts of lead were sold at Target stores nationwide, MASSPIRG announced Thursday.

Fidget spinners, the multi-pronged, whirling gadgets that became so popular this year some schools banned them as a distraction, have been marketed as playful diversions meant to help people calm down and focus. But Target doesn't appear to be backing down, not even to claims that they should move the fidget spinners to another section of the store.

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But now a consumer advocacy group says two types of fidget spinners being sold at Target could be risky.

A spokesman for Bulls-I-Toy sent a statement to the Post-Dispatch saying "Safety is one of our top priorities".

High levels of lead can affect multiple systems in the body and is especially harmful to young children, according to the World Health Organization. "All of our product (s) are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards".

"The two fidget spinners cited in their letter are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", he continued.

Target declined to remove the products.

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

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