Report Warns Some Fidget Spinners Could Expose Kids To Lead

Tamara Rubin tests a fidget spinner for lead levels               Tamara Rubin

A lab test by the non-profit PIRG Education Fund found that two fidget spinners sold at the retailer far exceeded the legal limit for lead in children's toys.

Fidget spinners may be popular, and high on many holiday gift lists, but an OR mother and a consumer advocacy group have found high levels of lead in some of the toys, and the defense offered by one retailer might be much help to most parents considering a purchase. The lead level in another model, the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal, tested at 1,300 parts per million.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission said that fidget spinners are general use products, not children's products; They only consider a fidget spinner a toy if it is labeled for ages 12 or under, according to MASSPIRG.

"The two fidget spinners cited in their letter are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", Target spokesman Lee Henderson told CBS News.

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.

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Kids find fidget spinners fun and somewhat addictive. Even though it's not marketed as a children's toy, the group said there's no denying that kids use the product. But after some unsafe incidents involving the popular gizmos, the CPSC issued new fidget spinner safety guidance for consumers and businesses. No children should but the spinners or small pieces in their mouths and should play with them away from their faces, the CPSC said.

CoPIRG says lead exposure is particularly damaging for young children because of its impact on development.

The two companies defended the sale of the fidget spinners by arguing that they are not technically children's products and therefore not subject to legal limits for lead. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".

Target declined to remove the products. Excess levels of lead can lead to hyperactivity, lack of appetite, behavior problems, and learning disabilities.

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