Safety group finds lead in some fidget spinners

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

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) claims that fidget spinners sold by Target Corp. contains far too much lead in them for children's toy.

That caught the eye of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which tested 12 brands of fidget spinners found on the toy shelves of Target stores nationwide. The center circle in the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal contained 1,000 parts per million of lead, according to MASSPIRG.

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.

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The consumer group has called on Target to stop selling the gadgets and recall the models it has sold.

CoPIRG is calling for an investigation into how these toys ended up with such high levels of lead, and wants Target to address the problem and ensure that no other fidget spinners have similarly high levels.

The issue Fidget Spinners are not technically classified as a children's product, so they have different legal limits when it comes to lead. "Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you".

"Safety is one of our top priorities", Howard Chizick, a spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys, said in an email.

CoPIRG says lead exposure is particularly damaging for young children because of its impact on development. "CPSC stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission", Kara Cook-Schultz, the nonprofit's toxics director, said in a statement. Additionally, online the "Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass" is labeled for ages "six and up".

"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 argues that the products do not have to follow the 100 ppm limit due because of they are not toys intended for children.

While U.S. PIRG notified the CPSC, the agency held firm that the fidget spinners are not toys.

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