Lead concerns prompt Target to pull some some fidget spinners from shelves

Report shows high levels of lead in certain fidget spinners

New reports show high levels of lead in certain fidget spinners sold at Target.

The two fidget spinners containing the lead are, "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass", and "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal".

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.

"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 federal legal limit is 100 parts per million (ppm) for lead in children's products.

The watchdog group is calling on US government safety organizations to change the classification of fidget spinners so they will have to meet federal regulations for children's products. That classification exempts them from toy safety standards.

"Now, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), Target and its supplier Bulls i Toy need to ensure that the products are recalled, so that people who have already purchased the products won't suffer any health consequences from playing with these toxic toys", the group wrote on its website. Cook-Schulz said it released the report on the lead content of these two spinners early because of public safety concerns. But, after the company reviewed the products, it made a decision to pull them anyway.


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

In the meantime, U.S. PIRG still recommends for adults and children to stop using the fidget spinners.

"Alarmingly, when PIRG notified the CPSC about the elevated lead levels in the fidget spinners, the CPSC responded in an email that these fidget spinners are general use products, not children's products", the group said in its report.

"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", company spokesman Lee Henderson said in a statement.

Interim CPSC Chairwoman Anne Marie Buerkle also warned that light-up spinners contain lithium coin batteries that can cause severe internal burns, if swallowed, and have been the source of fire warnings.

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