Group Says Fidget Spinners Are Dangerous

Tamara Rubin tests a fidget spinner for lead levels               Tamara Rubin

Fidget spinners sold at Target might contain high levels of lead, the U.S.

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.

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal tested for 1,300 parts per million.

On its website, the CPSC says "most fidget spinners are general use products unless they are primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger".

The limit for lead is 100 parts per million (ppm) in toys.

CBS News reported Thursday that Tamara Rubin, a Portland, Oregon, mother who runs the Lead-Safe Mama Facebook page, tests products that parents send to her, including lots of fidget spinners.

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Target responded that those particular models were not recommended for consumers under the age of 14, negating prescribed lead restrictions for children.

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

Lead exposure can be extremely harmful for children due to its developmental impacts. So, while one of their fidget spinners may be marketed to "14 and up" kids, it doesn't mean anything if they're being sold alongside LEGO playsets and Barbie dolls.

The advocacy group says it has notified the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal body, of the high lead levels.

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.

"Target's VP of corporate responsibility told BI that the two fidget spinners are ".clearly marked on the package "appropriate for customer's 14 and older" and are not marketed to children".

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