Safety group finds lead in some fidget spinners

Tabitha Dunn
November 12, 2017

PIRG has listed the two spinners on their website as risky and has even started a petition to get the toys removed from stores.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group said the Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, and the Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Metal tested for 1,300 parts per million of lead.

Fidget spinners may be popular, and high on many holiday gift lists, but an OR mother and a consumer advocacy group have found high levels of lead in some of the toys, and the defense offered by one retailer might be much help to most parents considering a purchase.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products, '" Target said in a statement.

PIRG Education Fund is calling for the toys to be pulled from stores and for a recall to be issued.

However and since the CPSC's lead-restriction guidelines differ between items marketed to adults and those targeted at children under 12, Target says its in the clear to keep selling these models.

"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 of the research group, in a statement.

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"Safety is one of our top priorities", said a Bulls i Toy spokesperson in an email to the Washington Post. "All of our product are tested and comply with [Consumer Product Safety Commission] safety standards". "Framed as a toy, the fidget spinner is also a great stress-relief tool", the online description reads.

She says it is hard to tell how products are regulated regarding lead because there's no single agency that has jurisdiction over all types of products that might contain lead.

Lead-based paint, old toys, imported ceramics, alternative medicines and spices were the major culprits of the 1,200 reported cases of elevated lead levels in Minnesota a year ago.

Still, officials at the US PIRG believe something has to be done to avoid exposing children and others to the toxins found in the fidget spinners.

Target did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Bulls-i-Toy, based in Iowa, supplies Target with the fidget spinners.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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