High levels of lead found in fidget spinners

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U.S. PIRG says lab work found lead levels as high as as 33,000 ppm in the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, and 1,300 ppm in the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal.

But now a consumer advocacy group says two types of fidget spinners being sold at Target could be unsafe.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) said Wednesday that two variants of the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner products surpassed the federal legal limits for lead in toys.

Due to its harmful effects on child development, federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products to 100 ppm of total lead content. The Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass is also being sold on Target's website.

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

In a statement a spokeswoman from Target said, "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".

"The two fidget spinners cited in their letter are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", company spokesman Lee Henderson said in a statement.

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Lead exposure can be extremely unsafe for children, potentially impacting mental development among other risks.

The CPSC says this particular fidget spinner is not considered a children's toy and is not required to meet the lead standards for children's products.

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

Of course, Target may want to rethink stocking these items in the toy section, as shown in this photograph alongside Star Wars mini-light sabres and fidget spinners that are labeled for 6-year-old children.

"The buck has to stop with someone". "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys".

Third parties must test those children's products in a CPSC-approved laboratory before selling them. "Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers".

"There's no argument here and any parent will tell you, that this is being marketed as a children's toy and being sold that way", said Elise Orlick with WASHPIRG.

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