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High lead levels found in fidget spinners

13 November 2017

A watchdog organization, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, says the spinners have high levels of lead.

Two types of metal fidget spinners, called the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, are sold at Target and were found to contain far beyond the legal amount of lead designated safe for products aimed at kids.

"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", said Jenna Reck, senior communications manager at Target.

USA Today said the company could not provide an estimate on how numerous popular fidget spinner toys it will have to remove from stores.

The group continues to test other spinners from other retailers as part of its annual holiday toy testing project.

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The federal legal limit on lead in children's products manufactured after August 2011 is 100 parts per million for any accessible parts, with an exception for metal components of bicycles, which are not supposed to have more than 300 parts per million of lead.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products.' They are not defined by the CPSC as toys", Target spokesman Lee Henderson said in a prepared statement, according to CBS News.

CPSC could hold the products to federal standards for lead if classified as a toy.

Two models of fidget spinners (not pictured) were pulled from Target's website and store shelves after a report claimed there were high levels of lead in them. Cook-Schulz said it released the report on the lead content of these two spinners early because of public safety concerns.

"We are pleased to see that Target is not selling these products online anymore", said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director at US PIRG.

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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.

The company noted that CPSC is responsible for how the toys are categorized.

Fidget spinners have come under fire since going viral for parts that can easily break off and become a choking hazard.

Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age.

Many light-up fidget spinners also contain lithium batteries that can cause severe internal burns if swallowed.

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High lead levels found in fidget spinners