Fidget Spinners causing safety concerns again, lead found

Fidget Spinners causing safety concerns again, lead found

Fidget Spinners causing safety concerns again, lead found

The two fidget spinners with high amount of lead are still on Target shelves and are being sold online.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products.' They are not defined by the CPSC as toys", said Target spokesman Lee Henderson, per CBS News. The lead level in another model, the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal, tested at 1,300 parts per million. So, while one of their fidget spinners may be marketed to "14 and up" kids, it doesn't mean anything if they're being sold alongside LEGO playsets and Barbie dolls. That's because the two Fidget Wild Premium Spinner varieties are labeled for those age 14+.

A CBS News report details results from a consumer advocacy group who tested the devices (after catching wind of a potential issue from the Lead Safe Mama Facebook page).

Fidget spinners are supposed to be calming and fun, especially for students struggling to focus. The organization argues that the two fidget spinners are marketed towards children.

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"If a fidget spinner is marketed and is primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger, companies must certify that their product meets toy safety and other standards, including limits for phthalates, lead content, and lead in paint, if applicable, and the U.S Toy Standard, ASTM F963-16", CPSC acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said in an August 10, 2017 statement on fidget spinners. The federal limit for the amount of lead in children's products is 100 parts per million. "The buck has to stop with someone".

Exposure to high levels of lead has been shown to cause lead poisoning, which can cause organ damage and long-term health problems.

"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, U.S. PIRG Education Fund toxics director. Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers.

"We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys". Excess levels of lead can lead to hyperactivity, lack of appetite, behavior problems, and learning disabilities.

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