According to a report put out by the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, the "brass" fidget spinner contains 33,000 parts per million of lead at its center, which is, shall we say, a bit more than the 100 parts per million legal limit for lead found in toys marketed to kids.
The "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass" and "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner" metal products are no longer available at Target, ABC News reported Friday evening. The "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal" tested at 1,300 parts per million. The federal requirement for children's toys states that lead content can not exceed 100 ppm. "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".
"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", said Jenna Reck, senior communications manager at Target.
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Two of the products tested with high levels of lead.
Fidget spinners are palm-sized toys for adults and kids alike featuring a whirling center.
"The reason that lead is a large concern - especially in children's products - is that when children are exposed to high levels of lead they can experience things like memory loss, learning disabilities", she said.
Harold Chizick, spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys of Des Moines, Iowa, the items' distributor, said in a statement: "Safety is one of our top priorities".
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But PIRG says Target often markets these fidget spinners to kids by placing them in aisles alongside toys, and has scoffed at the notion that kids won't use a particular fidget spinner just because the packaging said 14-plus.
PIRG urged customers to not purchase the fidget spinners, which sell for $19,99.
Fidget spinners have come under fire since going viral for parts that can easily break off and become a choking hazard.
"Alarmingly, when PIRG notified the CPSC about the elevated lead levels in the fidget spinners, the CPSC responded in an email that these fidget spinners are general use products, not children's products", the group said in its report.
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"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of age labeling", said Danny Katz, director of PIRG.