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

Laboratory tests performed last month showed that the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass contained 33,000 ppm of lead in its center circle, and 22,000 ppm in its arm, according to U.S. PIRG. That's about 300 times the allowable parts per million in children's toys.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products.' They are not defined by the CPSC as toys", Henderson said.

Fidget spinners have come under fire since going viral for parts that can easily break off and become a choking hazard.

Target is hawking fidget spinners that contain risky amounts of lead, according to a consumer advocacy group. "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", the statement continued.

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.

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

The CDC says there is no such thing as a safe level of lead in the bloodstream, and that lead poisoning in children can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems such as ADHD and criminal behavior, and hearing and speech problems.

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of labeling", Kara Cook-Shultz said.

It's unclear exactly how numerous affected spinners have been sold. "The buck has to stop with someone". "All of our product are tested and comply with [Consumer Product Safety Commission] safety standards".

"We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys".

In determining if they are for children or not, the CPSC looks at the following, "whether the product and packaging designs are primarily meant to appeal to a child 12 years of age and younger, and the product's age grading". "Framed as a toy, the fidget spinner is also a great stress-relief tool", the online description reads.

Target is selling fidget spinners with potentially unsafe lead levels, according to a new study. On Target's website, the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Bass" is recommended for ages 14 and over, as well as, 6 and over.

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