2 models of fidget spinners recalled due to high levels of lead

2 models of fidget spinners recalled due to high levels of lead

2 models of fidget spinners recalled due to high levels of lead

Her study caught the attention of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG), which confirmed a popular model of the gadget, the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, had 33,000 parts per million for lead, about 300 times the maximum level allowed for children's toys.

The US Public Interest Research Group, which produces an annual report about risky toys, released data on two fidget spinners sold at Target stores - the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal - on Thursday, saying that both gadgets contained excessive lead levels.

Target added that fidget spinners are labeled as a "general use" product rather than toys.

Lab reports found two fidget spinners contained high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million. The "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal" tested at 1,300 parts per million. Target and Bulls i Toy defend their inaction by pointing to the CPSC's declaration that fidget spinners aren't technically "children's products" subject to legal limits for lead. "So, Target needs to immediately stop selling the toys that contain high amounts of lead, and issue a recall for those that they've already sold".

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".

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The process to remove the two fidget spinners from Target stores began Friday. But, after the company reviewed the products, it chose to pull them anyway. Exposure to children is damaging because it can impact development, and any amount of lead in a child's blood is unsafe.

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of age labeling", said Kara Cook-Schultz, the toxics director at U.S. PIRG Education Fund, according to a press release that went along with the release of the report.

There are no lead-level prohibitions for products marked for children 12 and over.

Fidget spinners are palm-sized toys for adults and kids alike featuring a whirling center.

"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. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors".

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