Safety group finds lead in some fidget spinners

According to CBS, the US Public Interest Research Group found that certain fidget spinners have an extremely high lead count, way more than the allotted amount that is set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In response, Target and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the fidget spinners in question were not recommended for kids, according to the Public Interest Research Group.

The group said lab results showed the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass had 33,000 parts per million of lead. The circle center of the metal Fidget Wild Premium Spinner tested for 1,300 ppm of lead, the organization said.

Target said the fidget spinners, which sell for $19.99 online and in store, are not toys, but rather "general use products" because they are marketed to users 14 and up. The CPSC's lead maximum is set for kids toys marketed at 12 years or younger, so the spinner is technically legal despite the insane amount of lead within it.

CBS News has the full report.

PIRG disputed the designation and claimed its representatives found the toxic fidget spinners in toy aisles at Target stores.

Fidget spinners are still all the rage among the young crowd. "As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards". "Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you". The group says parents should check for the age recommendation on the package - anything for children under 12 are subject to a range of tests, including for lead.

While the packaging is clearly marked for "customers ages 14 and older", until Thursday the description on Target's website said the Fidget Wild spinner was for children "6 years and up", Jenna Reck, a spokesperson for the company, confirmed.

"Most of the time products that are marketed towards adults don't have regulations around whether or not they can have lead", said Stephanie Yendell, epidemiology supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Health. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors". "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".

Third parties must test those children's products in a CPSC-approved laboratory before selling them.

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