Fidget spinners pulled from Target after concerns over high lead counts

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Report shows high levels of lead in certain fidget spinners

According to a report done by the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) Education Fund, two types of fidget spinners sold at Target and distributed by Bulls i Toy, contain high levels of lead.

The circle center of the brass Fidget Wild Premium Spinner tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead. The center circle of the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal" was tested for 1,300 ppm of lead and the arm tested for 520 ppm of lead. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinners are labeled age 14 and over. That's 300 times higher than the legal limit for children's products.

- High levels of lead have been found in one of the more popular gadgets this year: fidget spinners.

CPSC commissioner and former CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye tweeted Thursday: "Seems obvious fidget spinners are toys and should comply with all applicable federal safety standards". The advocacy group requested Target and its developer, Bulls i Toys, LLC to recall the products and investigate the how lead seeped into them.

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However, after Target and the manufacturer were provided the results of US PIRG's findings, they decided not to pull the toys from their shelves or from their website.

"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", the spokeswoman said in a statement. Both test results were given to the CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy.

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of age labeling", said Danny Katz, director of PIRG.

Despite the CPSC's "general use" classification for many fidget spinners, the agency has issued choking warnings about the products - a warning generally not necessary for adults, who are less likely to eat their toys. Paint or surface coatings must not exceed 90 ppm.

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The CPSC did not return calls seeking comment on Friday.

The AAP says there is no safe levels of lead in children, pointing to growing evidence that a child's exposure to lead can cause irreversible cognitive and behavioral problems.

"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", said national lead expert Dr. Helen Binns, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in a written statement.

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