Fidget Spinners With Lead Issues: Why You Don't Have To Throw Them Out

Terrible timing for Target just before the holidays season as it faces a huge problem with its hugely popular fidget spinner supply. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).

Fidget spinners sold at Target might contain high levels of lead, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group reported Thursday morning.  

The twirling, hand-held toys became wildly popular at schools throughout the U.S. in the spring, but now parents might want to think twice before buying the toy for their children.

Lab results showed that two fidget spinners currently sold at Target contained extremely high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million.

The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal tested for 1,300 parts per million.

You can still purchase both fidget spinners online for $19.99, but the U.S. Public Interest Research Group is calling on Target to stop selling them and issue recalls.

Target said the spinners are recommended for consumers over the age of 14, so the federal lead restrictions don’t apply to the toys. Federal law only considers products toys if they are labeled for people 12 and under.

"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 in a prepared statement to CBS News.

The spinners are distributed by Bulls i Toy.

“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.”

2WTK talked to Guilford County Environmental Health's Paula Cox. She says 

 

If you have a kid, older than 6 who plays with a fidget spinner and you're concerned about the lead the solution is simple, “the best thing for you to do is after they play with it, have them wash their hands, which is what you should be doing anyway, because there's other things besides lead that could be on the fidget spinner this time of year like the cold, the flu and the norovirus that can be passed from one child to another.”

 

Here's another place you need to weary of lead, those holiday plates you're buying! They're festive but often the glaze had lead in it.

 

“The heat makes any lead molecules that are the glaze could leak out into the food if you microwave them.”

 

 

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