Toying with danger? Some fidget spinners may have 'toxic' lead levels

Toying with danger? Some fidget spinners may have 'toxic' lead levels

Toying with danger? Some fidget spinners may have 'toxic' lead levels

Bad timing for Target just before the holiday season, as it faces a major problem with its hugely popular fidget spinner supply.

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

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 center circle in the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal contained 1,000 parts per million of lead, according to MASSPIRG.

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. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, on the other hand, does recommend "Ages 14+".

CBS News reports that the gadgets are being sold in the toy aisles alongside the spinners sold to 6-year-olds.

"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, toxic director at PIRG.

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"The two fidget spinners cited in your letter are clearly marked on the package 'appropriate for customers 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", Target's Jennifer Silberman wrote to the researchers in an email shared with Business Insider. Federal laws limit lead in "children's products" to 100 parts per million.

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

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. "The buck has to stop with someone. All of our product [s] are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards". Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers.

U.S PIRG said it's still calling on the retailer to pull the products from store shelves. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".

In children, lead can lead to hyperactivity, behavior problems, and learning disabilities.

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