Fidget spinners sold at Target contain extremely high levels of lead

Chelsea West
November 10, 2017

A report by PIRG Education Fund, a nonprofit, found that two types of fidget spinners sold by Target have unsafe, illegal levels of lead in their making - almost 330 times more than the federal legal limit. A consumer advocacy group found that some models sold at Target contain high levels of lead.

The group said lab results showed the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass had 33,000 parts per million of lead.

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million. "Incredibly, Target and Bulls i Toy defend their inaction by pointing to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) declaration that fidget spinners are not technically "children's products" subject to legal limits for lead".

In a statement a spokeswoman from Target said, "Target is committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guests, and we closely review all product safety claims that are brought to our attention".

Federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products, marketed to those 12 and under, to 100 parts per million (ppm).

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

In the meantime, U.S. PIRG still recommends for adults and children to stop using the fidget spinners. New research shows they can also be unsafe.

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According to the company, the items manufactured by "Bulls I Toys" are labeled "ages 14 and up" and do not require lead testing. "All of our product are tested and comply with [Consumer Product Safety Commission] safety standards".

We have seen a fair number of trendy toys come and go, with last year's hoverboards taking a step back amid lots of product issues, and now fidget spinners are the "it" thing. "They are not defined by the CPSC as toys".

Anything targeted at ages 12 or above isn't considered a toy, and the fidget spinner in question says right on the packaging that it's intended for "ages 14+".

"We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys".

Target did not immediately respond to request for comment.

In children, lead can lead to hyperactivity, behavior problems, and learning disabilities.

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