Advocacy group: Fidget spinners sold at Target contain high amounts of lead

Health Alert

Health Alert

Fidget spinners are one of the hottest new trends of the year, but ahead of the holiday shopping season, a new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization, says testing found risky levels of lead in some.

The fidget spinners in question are the brass and metal Fidget Wild Premium Spinners distributed by Bulls i Toy, says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund.

The report found the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested at 33,000 parts per million for lead, while the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires all children's products to not exceed a total lead content level of 100 ppm.

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.

Lead poisoning can also lead to brain and nervous system conditions, stomach and kidney problems, high blood pressure and headaches in adults.

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CPSC commissioner and former CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye tweeted Thursday: "Seems obvious fidget spinners are toys and should comply with all applicable federal safety standards".

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.

Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director for the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, said while the spinners might not be officially classified as toys, in practice they often are.

Two models of fidget spinners (not pictured) were pulled from Target's website and store shelves after a report claimed there were high levels of lead in them. The process to remove the two fidget spinners from Target stores began Friday.

"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.

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Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age.

Harold Chizick, spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys of Des Moines, Iowa, the items' distributor, said in a statement: "Safety is one of our top priorities".

A Target spokesperson responded to the story by writing in an email to PIRG that the fidget spinners in question are marketed to anyone age 14 or older.

A warning for parents and fidget spinner users.

Many light-up fidget spinners also contain lithium batteries that can cause severe internal burns if swallowed.

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