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Fidget Spinners causing safety concerns again, lead found

10 November 2017

Awful timing for Target just before the holiday season, as it faces a major problem with its hugely popular fidget spinner supply.

They're one of the biggest toy fads in recent years, but a new report finds high levels of lead in some fidget spinners sold at Target stores and online.

Business Insider says that the legal limit for lead in a children's toy is 100 parts per million. For the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", the center circle tested for 33,000 ppm of lead, and the arm tested for 22,000 ppm of lead.

But, this particular fidget spinner, isn't technically a toy. No children should but the spinners or small pieces in their mouths and should play with them away from their faces, the CPSC said.

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"The toxic fidget spinners are still available both in toy aisles at Target stores and on its website", the organization said.

Henderson said the two fidget spinners referred to in the lab tests contained clear marking on their packaging saying they were appropriate for customers over the age of 14.

Lead poisoning is most unsafe for young children.

Fidget spinners are supposed to be calming and fun, especially for students struggling to focus.

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Further, Target spokeperson Lee Henderson leans on the CPSC's classification of fidget spinners as "general use products" rather than "toys". Despite the loopholes, the research group sent their lead finding to Target and the company is still not pulling the spinners from their shelves.

CoPIRG says lead exposure is particularly damaging for young children because of its impact on development.

This does not bode well for the not-so-rare fidget spinner, which has already been labeled with choking-hazard warnings by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".

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". Excess levels of lead can lead to hyperactivity, lack of appetite, behavior problems, and learning disabilities.

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Fidget Spinners causing safety concerns again, lead found