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

13 November, 2017, 02:20 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Health Alert

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group tested 12 fidget spinners sold at Target stores across the country.

Two types of metal fidget spinners, called the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, are sold at Target and were found to contain far beyond the legal amount of lead designated safe for products aimed at kids.

Both Target and the manufacturer say the items are still on the shelves because the spinners are not meant to be children's toys. She tests consumer products that concerned parents send to her, including hundreds of fidget spinners.

"The reason 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", US PIRG's toxics program director, Kara Cook-Shultz, told CBS News.

Another model by the same company tested at 1,300 parts per million.

The retailer says those particular spinners are targeted for kids over 14, so they are not subject to the stricter safety standards of toys for younger kids.

"Alarmingly, when PIRG notified the CPSC about the elevated lead levels in the fidget spinners, the CPSC responded in an email that these fidget spinners are general use products, not children's products", the group said in its report.

The federal legal limit on lead in children's products manufactured after August 2011 is 100 parts per million for any accessible parts, with an exception for metal components of bicycles, which are not supposed to have more than 300 parts per million of lead.

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of age labeling", Cummings added. Both test results were given to the CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy. Lead in paint and other surface coatings on children's products, for example, is limited at 90 parts per million.

Two of the products tested with high levels of lead.

"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", U.S. PIRG quotes a national lead expert Helen Binns, M.D., pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as having said.

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. It's also calling on children and adults to stop using the toys.

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