Fidget Spinners causing safety concerns again, lead found


A lab test by the non-profit PIRG Education Fund found that two fidget spinners sold at the retailer far exceeded the legal limit for lead in children's toys.

PIRG found 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead in the center circle and 22,000 ppm in the arm of one model called "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass". The center of the metal version of the same spinner tested for 1,300 ppm of lead.

Per the Washington Post, a Target spokesman said in an email that the company isn't breaking any laws because, technically, the fidget spinner is neither marketed as a toy nor is it technically for children.

The research revealed some of the spinners could contain as much as 300 times the federal limit for lead in children's products.

"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", she said, per CBS News. So, Target needs to immediately stop selling the toys that contain high amounts of lead, and issue a recall for those that they've already sold.

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The watchdog group US PIRG argues that the potentially toxic spinners are sold alongside toys for children age 6 and up. They say the product isn't a toy and is not marketed to young kids, so it's fine. 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. Additionally, online the "Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass" is labeled for ages "six and up". CPSC stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A spokeswoman for the CPSC said she could not comment specifically on the products being sold by Target.

Kids find fidget spinners fun and somewhat addictive.

"The CPSC, Target, and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys", Cook-Schultz said.

Exposure to children is damaging because it can impact development, and any amount of lead in a child's blood is unsafe.

If you've purchased these toys and are anxious about lead exposure, U.S. PIRG is advising consumers to stop using the two fidget spinner models immediately, and to place them in a bag out of reach of children.