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Safety group finds lead in some fidget spinners

10 November 2017, 01:25 | Frank Carlson

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Fidget spinners sold at Target might contain high levels of lead, the U.S.

PIRG disputed the designation and claimed its representatives found the toxic fidget spinners in toy aisles at Target stores.

PIRG has listed the two spinners on their website as risky and has even started a petition to get the toys removed from stores. Despite the loopholes, the research group sent their lead finding to Target and the company is still not pulling the spinners from their shelves.

"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you,"said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director for U.S. PIRG".

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million. Children products must not contain more than 100 parts per million (ppm) of total lead in "accessible parts", according to federal requirements.

MASSPIRG, a consumer advocacy group, alerted Target and Bulls i Toy, the distributor.

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

CoPIRG is calling for an investigation into how these toys ended up with such high levels of lead, and wants Target to address the problem and ensure that no other fidget spinners have similarly high levels.

The issue Fidget Spinners are not technically classified as a children's product, so they have different legal limits when it comes to lead.

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

On its website, the CPSC says "most fidget spinners are general use products unless they are primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger".

He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results. Furthermore, per Business Insider the products are sold alongside kids toys. No children should but the spinners or small pieces in their mouths and should play with them away from their faces, the CPSC said. It's not the first time the toy has been investigated for safety reasons.



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