Fidget Spinners Sold At Target Contain Lead

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The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) and the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) issued a warning to parents Thursday that fidget spinners being sold at Target stores nationwide were found to have high levels of lead.

The two fidget spinners containing the lead are, "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", and "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal".

The spinners in question are: "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", which tested at 33,000 parts per million of lead in its center circle and 22,000 parts per million in the arm, and the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal", which was found to have 1,300 parts per million of lead in its center circle and 520 parts per million in its arm.

Target advertised the fidget spinners to children 14 years old and older, PIRG said.

The group continues to test other spinners from other retailers as part of its annual holiday toy testing project. Children products must not contain more than 100 parts per million (ppm) of total lead in "accessible parts", according to federal requirements.

The toy remains on Target shelves, as the companies defend their product with the Consumer Product Safety Commission's declaration that fidget spinners are not technically "children's products" subject to legal limits for lead.

Lead poisoning can also lead to brain and nervous system conditions, stomach and kidney problems, high blood pressure and headaches in adults. "As a result", the spokesperson wrote, "the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards".

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The process to remove the two fidget spinners from Target stores began Friday.

In a written statement, Target Corp. said the company is "committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guests, and we closely review all product safety claims that are brought to our attention".

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. Lead exposure is particularly damaging for young children because of its impact on development.

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.

There are no lead-level prohibitions for products marked for children 12 and over.

In the report, the lab results were tested twice to confirm the results.

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