Target Is Selling Fidget Spinners With High Levels Of Lead

Tamara Rubin tests a fidget spinner for lead levels               Tamara Rubin

Tamara Rubin tests a fidget spinner for lead levels Tamara Rubin

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of labeling", Kara Cook-Shultz said.

A consumer advocacy group announced a fidget spinner sold at Target stores tested positive for high levels of lead.

A Target spokesperson Lee Henderson said that the CPSC also views spinners as "general use products" and not "toys" so that is another loophole. The center circle in the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal contained 1,000 parts per million of lead, according to MASSPIRG.

But, this particular fidget spinner, isn't technically a toy.

Target's website said initially that the specific spinner wasn't available in stores within 100 miles of Cleveland, but Cleveland 19 checked that and went to two stores - not finding one at the first, but finding the spinner in question at the second store.

CBS News reported Thursday that Tamara Rubin, a Portland, Oregon, mother who runs the Lead-Safe Mama Facebook page, tests products that parents send to her, including lots of fidget spinners.

But one of the fidget spinners with a risky amount of lead - the "Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass" - is actually labeled for kids almost half that age. With the holidays coming around parents are bound to buy a few fidget spinners for their kids. New research shows they can also be risky.

The research revealed some of the spinners could contain as much as 300 times the federal limit for lead in children's products. The companies say products marketed to those over the age of 12 have no specific lead-level restrictions. "The buck has to stop with someone".

The popular little toys are already the subject of Consumer Product Safety Commission choking hazard warnings. Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers.

Lead exposure can be extremely harmful for children due to its developmental impacts.

PIRG Education Fund is calling for the toys to be pulled from shelves and wants a recall issued. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys". Excess levels of lead can lead to hyperactivity, lack of appetite, behavior problems, and learning disabilities.

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