NATIONWIDE — Fidget Spinners are the latest craze among kids, but certain ones may expose them to dangerous amounts of lead.
According to a report done by the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) Education Fund, two types of fidget spinners sold at Target and distributed by Bulls i Toy, contain high levels of lead.
The two fidgets spinners in question are the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass which tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal which tested at 1,200 ppm of lead. The federal legal limit for children’s products is 100 ppm.
However, when TexPIRG Education Fund reached out to Target, Bulls i Toy and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) with the results, all three noted fidget spinners are labeled as general use products, and are not subject to the same standards as children’s products.
“Saying fidget spinners aren’t toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you,” said Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG Education Fund State Director. “The CPSC, Target, and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious -- that all fidget spinners are toys. So, Target needs to immediately stop selling the toys that contain high amounts of lead, and issue a recall for those that they’ve already sold.”
According to the TexPIRG Education Fund, the fidget spinners were tested for lead content by a CPSC accredited laboratory. The toys that tested for high lead levels were re-tested to confirm the results.
“Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food,” said Helen Binns, MD, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. “Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors.”
TexPIRG Education Fund asks the public to stop using these two fidget spinners and demand Target take the two fidget spinners off their shelves.