Target selling fidget spinners with high levels of 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

Bulls-I-Toys, the manufacturer of the fidget spinners in question, said in a letter to US PIRG that "there are no mandatory CPSC requirements for it" because the packaging makes it clear that the item should not be used by children of a certain age.

But now a consumer advocacy group says two types of fidget spinners being sold at Target could be risky.

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass reportedly tested at 33,000 parts per million for lead.

But after testing several models, US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (PIRG) is accusing Target of selling two models that contain "extremely high levels of lead". No children should but the spinners or small pieces in their mouths and should play with them away from their faces, the CPSC said.

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.

U.S. PIRG also called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to reclassify fidget spinners as toys, rather than its current category of general use products.

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"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you", said Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Education Fund toxics director.

Federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products to 100 parts per million (ppm).

Target responded to the report by claiming the toys are made for children 14 and over, so CPSC lead restrictions for children don't apply.

The two brands of fidget spinners identified by USPIRG were the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal.

"Safety is one of our top priorities", said a Bulls i Toy spokesperson in an email to the Washington Post.

Lead exposure is damaging for young children because of its impact on development. The product sells for $19.99. "All of our product are tested and comply with [Consumer Product Safety Commission] safety standards". It's not the first time the toy has been investigated for safety reasons.

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