Fidget spinners with harmful lead counts for kids sold at Target

Ebony Scott
November 13, 2017

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund published a report and news release Thursday concluding that "two fidget spinners purchased at Target and distributed by Bulls i Toy, L.L.C. contained extremely high levels of lead" based off lab results.

Target, which had been provided with the US PIRG test results prior to the announcement, originally vowed to continue selling the spinners, saying that they met all U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines because they were classified as "general use products" rather than toys. The circle center of the metal Fidget Wild Premium Spinner tested for 1,300 ppm of lead, the organization said. One of the two models was found to have 330 times the amount of lead allowed in children's products.

The watchdog group is calling on US government safety organizations to change the classification of fidget spinners so they will have to meet federal regulations for children's products.

Exposure to high amounts of lead have been shown to cause lead poisoning that can lead or organ damage and long-term health problems.

Target and Bulls-I-Toys do not plan to take any action because the spinners aren't technically considered children't products by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And they are still on the shelves at Target.

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"The reason that lead is a large concern - especially in children's products - is that when children are exposed to high levels of lead they can experience things like memory loss, learning disabilities", she said.

Bulls i Toy did not immediately return USA TODAY's request for comment.

Warn children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or small pieces in their mouths and not to play with the fidget spinner near their faces. "All of our products are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards". Lead in paint and other surface coatings on children's products, for example, is limited at 90 parts per million. Cook-Schulz said it released the report on the lead content of these two spinners early because of public safety concerns.

The company could not provide an estimate on how numerous fidget spinners will have to be removed from stores. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors". "A toy that has 33,000 parts per million of lead in it represents a hazard to a child".

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