Report Warns Some Fidget Spinners Could Expose Kids To Lead

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

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

A report by PIRG Education Fund, a nonprofit, found that two types of fidget spinners sold by Target have unsafe, illegal levels of lead in their making - almost 330 times more than the federal legal limit.

The retailer and manufacture both said the items are still for sale because they are being marketed to children 14 years and older, and are not subject to the stricter lead standards of toys for younger children.

PIRG called on Target and fidget spinner distributor Bulls i Toy to immediately recall the two fidget spinners and conduct further investigations into how such high levels of lead were found in them.

Target is selling fidget spinners with potentially risky lead levels, according to a new study. The center circle of the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, the group said.

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In the meantime, U.S. PIRG still recommends for adults and children to stop using the fidget spinners. The federal limit for the amount of lead in children's products is 100 parts per million. They should also be watching out for any recall notices about the spinners.

Kara Cook-Shultz, toxics director at US PIRG, said regardless of how the CPSC classifies them, spinners are marketed as toys for kids and sold in toy aisles.

Lead exposure can be extremely harmful for children due to its developmental impacts.

This does not bode well for the not-so-rare fidget spinner, which has already been labeled with choking-hazard warnings by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers.

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The "Lead Safe Mama" blog and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group are now calling for those products to be taken off store shelves.

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

"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", said national lead expert Helen Binns, MD, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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