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

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

Fidget spinners are one of the hottest new trends of the year, but ahead of the holiday shopping season, a new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization, says testing found unsafe levels of lead in some.

One day after a report was released claiming that certain fidget spinners sold at Target contained harmful amounts of lead, the retailer pulled the device from its shelves. The brass spinner in question tested at more than 300 times acceptable lead levels for children's products.

According to the TexPIRG Education Fund, the fidget spinners were tested for lead content by a CPSC accredited laboratory.

Both Target and the manufacturer say the items are still on the shelves because the spinners are not meant to be children's toys. That classification exempts them from toy safety standards.

Timothy Nolan, president of the company that supplies these fidget spinners, Bulls-I Toy, wrote in response to the report that the fidget spinners in question are "general use products" and therefore "are not in violation of any mandated federal regulations".

The U.S. PIRG report, however, addresses Target's defense: "U.S. PIRG Education Fund staff found these fidget spinners sold in the toy aisle of Target stores and on the website, which includes a statement that the product is intended for children ages 6 and up".

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An Oregon mom is warning parents against buying fidget spinners for their kids after finding a concerning level of lead on the popular toy.

While U.S. PIRG notified the CPSC, the agency held firm that the fidget spinners are not toys.

"The reason 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", US PIRG's toxics program director, Kara Cook-Shultz, told CBS News.

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". Lead exposure is particularly damaging for young children because of its impact on development. Lead in paint and other surface coatings on children's products, for example, is limited at 90 parts per million. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to undermine IQ, attentiveness and academic achievement. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors".

In the report, the lab results were tested twice to confirm the results. "A toy that has 33,000 parts per million of lead in it represents a hazard to a child".