Target selling fidget spinners with potentially risky levels of lead

Posted November 10, 2017

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

Some fidget spinners sold at Target may contain unsafe levels of lead, according to a new study from a consumer protection group.

However, the fidget spinners are sold near children's toys in stores.

"Target's VP of corporate responsibility told BI that the two fidget spinners are ".clearly marked on the package "appropriate for customer's 14 and older" and are not marketed to children".

The CDC says there is no such thing as a safe level of lead in the bloodstream, and that lead poisoning in children can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems such as ADHD and criminal behavior, and hearing and speech problems.

However, the Fidget Wild Premium spinner being sold contains 33,000 parts per million.

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million.

The products are supplied by Bulls-I-Toys, based in Des Moines, Iowa.

"Safety is one of our top priorities", said a Bulls i Toy spokesperson in an email to the Washington Post. "All of our product [s] are tested and comply with CPSC safety standards".

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

Target's website said initially that the specific spinner wasn't available in stores within 100 miles of Cleveland, but Cleveland 19 checked that and went to two stores - not finding one at the first, but finding the spinner in question at the second store. "Framed as a toy, the fidget spinner is also a great stress-relief tool", the online description reads.

"We advise parents to remove the two fidget spinners that we identified from children's use and join us in calling on Target to immediately recall them".

The Marion County Health Department offers free lead testing on all consumer products every Thursday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Furthermore, per Business Insider the products are sold alongside kids toys.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a toy is something that's designed for children under age 12.