Target pulling Fidget Spinners with high lead levels off website and shelves

Andrew Cummings
November 12, 2017

The report released Thursday by public advocacy group U.S. PIRG found Fidget Wild Premium spinners - in both brass and metal - contained lead levels ranging from 520 parts per million (ppm) to 33,000 ppm.

The safety group is not aware of any reported cases of kids getting lead poisoning from fidget spinners, but they urge awareness and transparency on the part of the retailers, especially when putting the items in children's toy sections, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.

Cummings said MASSPIRG is calling for Target to stop selling the toys that contain the high levels of lead and issue a recall for the fidget spinners already sold.

Both Target and the manufacturer say the items are still on the shelves because the spinners are not meant to be children's toys.

"As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards".

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.

"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you", said the toxics director of the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Kara Cook-Schulz. They may contain high levels of lead.

"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". It added, in a statement, the CPSC and the toys' supplier Bulls i Toy should recall the products.

The company could not provide an estimate on how numerous fidget spinners will have to be removed from stores.

In a statement, Henderson said: "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". Target also appears to have made the "brass" fidget spinner unavailable online, though they were apparently still on store shelves as of Friday. But, after the company reviewed the products, it chose to pull them anyway.

"Light up" fidget spinners may come with button or lithium coin cell batteries.

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