Target Fidget Spinners Reportedly Contain Too Much Lead for Kids

One of the fidget spinners contained more than 300 times the legal amount of lead allowed in children's toys. The sellers maintain the item is not for kids

A consumer advocacy group said they found fidget spinners sold at Target contained more than 300 times the lead levels allowed in children's toys.

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. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass center circle tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead.

But one of the fidget spinners with a unsafe amount of lead - the "Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass" - is actually labeled for kids almost half that age.

The legal limit for lead is 100 parts per million.

They may be fun to play with, but a new report warns that some fidget spinners could expose kids to lead.

The consumer group has called on Target to stop selling the gadgets and recall the models it has sold.

Kara Cook-Shultz, toxics director at US PIRG, said regardless of how the CPSC classifies them, spinners are marketed as toys for kids and sold in toy aisles. But Target doesn't appear to be backing down, not even to claims that they should move the fidget spinners to another section of the store.


The spinners are distributed by Bulls i Toy.

A spokesman for Bulls-I-Toy sent a statement to the Post-Dispatch saying "Safety is one of our top priorities".

Lead exposure can be extremely harmful for children due to its developmental impacts.

The two brands of fidget spinners identified by USPIRG were the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal.

The popular little toys are already the subject of Consumer Product Safety Commission choking hazard warnings.

"The two fidget spinners cited in your letter are clearly marked on the package 'appropriate for customers 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", Target's Jennifer Silberman wrote to the researchers in an email shared with Business Insider.

U.S. PIRG publishes an annual report on toy safety, which has led to more than 150 product recalls and regulatory actions over the past 30 years.

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