Some fidget spinners may contain unsafe amounts of lead


The CPSC said on its website "most fidget spinners are general use products unless they are primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger".

The two fidgets spinners in question are the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass which tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal which tested at 1,200 ppm of lead.

The US Public Interest Research Group, which produces an annual report about unsafe 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.

Following the US PIRG report yesterday, CPSC Commissioner Elliot Kaye, who was chairman of the government watchdog until earlier this year, noted over Twitter: "Seems obvious fidget spinners are toys and should comply with all applicable federal safety standards". One of the two models was found to have 330 times the amount of lead allowed in children's products.

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The watchdog group is calling on US government safety organizations to change the classification of fidget spinners so they will have to meet federal regulations for children's products.

"We are pleased to see that Target is not selling these products online anymore", said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director at US PIRG. She tests consumer products that concerned parents send to her, including hundreds of fidget spinners. Choking incidents involving children up to age 14 have been reported. "Hopefully this will mean that Target will only sell safe products this holiday season".

A spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys, Harold Chizick, released a statement saying, "Safety is one of our top priorities".

Two of those came back with high levels of lead. CPSC stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission and now is the time for it to stand up for consumers.

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The CPSC did not return calls seeking comment on Friday.

"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", said Helen Binns, MD, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Dr. Alan Woolf, a pediatrics professor at Harvard Medical School and a member of the AAP's committee on environmental health, told ABC News the test results were concerning, especially because the spinners are attractive to young children.

"It's on the center, it's the part you're interacting with so it's definitely a hazard for children", Rubin said.

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