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Report Warns Some Fidget Spinners Could Expose Kids To Lead

10 November 2017, 01:22 | Gordon Grant

The fidget spinners shown in-store alongside children's toys.U.S. PIRG Education Fund

The fidget spinners shown in-store alongside children's toys.U.S. PIRG Education Fund

That caught the eye of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which tested 12 brands of fidget spinners found on the toy shelves of Target stores nationwide.

U.S. PIRG posted on its website that it had alerted Target and the toy's distributer, Bulls i Toy, but both were not addressing the lead concerns. But after some risky incidents involving the popular gizmos, the CPSC issued new fidget spinner safety guidance for consumers and businesses.

PIRG Education Fund provided photos of the fidget spinners alongside Star Wars and My Little Pony toys as evidence that while they may be labeled "14-plus", they are sold alongside children's toys in stores. The center of the metal version of the same spinner tested for 1,300 ppm of lead. The group says parents should check for the age recommendation on the package - anything for children under 12 are subject to a range of tests, including for lead. Children products must not contain more than 100 parts per million (ppm) of total lead in "accessible parts", according to federal requirements.

The group is calling on Target to stop selling the items and issue recalls for the ones they've already sold.

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Target said the spinners are recommended for consumers over the age of 14, so the federal lead restrictions don't apply to the toys.

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. "Beware of these two fidget spinners, as they have unsafe amounts of lead".

A statement from a senior communications manager for Target, Jenna Reck, said this, "Target 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". So, while one of their fidget spinners may be marketed to "14 and up" kids, it doesn't mean anything if they're being sold alongside LEGO playsets and Barbie dolls.

U.S. PIRG publishes an annual report on toy safety, which has led to more than 150 product recalls and regulatory actions over the past 30 years.



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